“ Brand: Silver Spoon / Type: Sugar „
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I am a home baker and cake decorator and Silver Spoon Caster Sugar is one of my essential ingredients.
I know exactly what I'm going to get from this sugar and where I might use various brands of other ingredients this is my caster sugar of choice!
There is a definite difference between caster sugar and granulated. Granulated might come up cheaper but it is not what you want for baking. The finer grain of caster sugar gives great results.
One of the most important stages of baking is creaming the sugar with the fat (usually butter or margarine) if you get this stage right you are giving your cake an excellent start. The caster sugar and the fat need to be beaten together until it turns really fluffy and the colour turns paler. As caster sugar is so much finer than granulated, it dissolves more effective so it easier to achieve this fluffy texture. By using a granulated sugar you are more likely to have a gritty texture.
I have used other brands of caster sugar but Silver Spoon's seems to remain in loose grains where as other brands have clumped together which means it would be harder to get beat in that smooth texture. You could of course sieve it out but that just means an extra stage.
Silver Spoon caster sugar is also excellent for meringues. To achieve a perfect meringue the sugar needs to be beaten into the whipped egg whites until the mixture is completely smooth. If you can still feel the grittiness between your finger and thumb, it needs further whipping.
This product comes in various sizes from 500g - 2kg. My preferred size is the 2kg because I get through so much but it's not necessarily the best value. I'm a big Lidl's fan so I tend to pick up kilo bags from there as it offers excellent value.
I love to bake, I find it quite relaxing and at the end of my baking session I have something yummy. My favourite sugar is Silver Spoon Caster Sugar as I find caster sugar gives me lighter sponges and is easier to cream into cookie dough as it is so fine. I find that if I use granulated sugar I can see sugar crystals on the top of my cakes when they come out the oven.
The sugar comes in a fully recyclable paper bag. In each bag there is a kilo of sugar which is enough to make four or five cakes. The sugar is made from British sugar beet and is completely manufactured and packaged in Britain.
Caster sugar costs more than granulated sugar so I like to shop around and buy it at the best possible price. A kilo bag will cost £1.49 in Tesco and £1.09 in Lidl, the cheapest I have found was in Poundstretcher costing just £1.
The sugar is really fine and I have on occasion sieved the sugar easily. My children do not see the difference between this and granulated sugar but I can tell the difference when they have filled the sugar tin up with this as it looks a lot finer.
Considering the quality of the sugar and the results I can achieve with this while baking I find it worth paying a little more for than granulated sugar. I wholeheartedly recommend this Silver Spoon Caster Sugar.
Thank you for reading.
Silver Spoon Caster Sugar Perfect For Lighter Baking 2kg