Sugar Sunday – because life is sweeter with a little bit of sugar in it.
Not just for dessert anymore, sugar is used in numerous savoury dishes. I was surprised to learn this while taking my vegetarian cooking courses just how much sugar and/or sweeteners are used in various recipes.
soup, mayo, ketchup, salad dressing, sauces, stir fry, bread, pie crust, etc., and even McDonald’s French fries!
Sugar helps balance flavour. It also tempers other ingredients in a dish. The tongue has sensors for sweet, salty, bitter and sour so having elements of each in a dish harmonizes all the tastebuds.
If choosing to follow a recipe exactly and use the recommended added sugar, keep in mind that less is more and natural sweeteners (i.e. maple syrup, agave, honey) are preferred to refined (sugar that’s whiter than white).