Baking 101 on on February 17 2018 by Bob's Red Mill
What Is Sanding Sugar?
Sugar is a very important ingredient in baking, not only for its power to sweeten yummy desserts, but also for its ability to help get a lovely rise in yeasted breads and rolls. Most of the time when you hear the word sugar, you think of the four and five pound bags often found in local grocery stores. This type of sugar is used primarily for making baked goods and sweetening up teas and coffees. It may also be used as an added dash of sweetener to bowls of cereal or oatmeal in the morning, or as a tasty topping on a batch of fresh strawberries. Really, there is no end to the uses of sugar! However, there is a wide world of sugar out there, and different types of sugar are used for a variety of different things. Sanding sugar, in particular, is especially fun and versatile. Sanding sugar is a large crystal sugar that's great for decorating because it won't dissolve with heat. It also creates a sparkly effect because of the large size of the crystals that reflect light. It's great for decorating treats like cookies, cakes, scones, muffins, and even candies. This coarse and often sparkling sugar helps to add a special crunch and extra flair to even the simplest of offerings. This makes sanding sugar an excellent addition to your holiday baking arsenal, because you can dress up your deserts as festively or as simply as you like. You can even make your own colors of sanding sugar, if you’re feeling particularly industrious and motivated. Perhaps a bit of bright pink and dazzling red for Valentine’s day? The sky’s the limit!