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Homemade Powdered Sugar?

desert rat Dec 20, 2004 12:32 AM

Here it is, holiday baking season, and I am reminded once again just how much I dislike the powdered sugar sold at the supermarkets. It has cornstarch in it and I can taste it. I think I once heard or read about making powdered sugar at home using a food processor. Has any one out there done this successfully? If so, could you share the secrets of your success with the rest us? TIA

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    ValL RE: desert rat Dec 20, 2004 07:26 AM

    I once didnt have powdered sugar at a critical moment, and having no food processor, I just put some sugar in the blender and pulsed away. It came out perfectly fine

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      MkeLaurie RE: desert rat Dec 20, 2004 09:03 AM

      I just made a cookie recipe out of Cook's Illustrated Best Recipes, and in lieu of commerical powdered sugar, it called for regular sugar, pulsed for a minute in a food processor.

      The end result appeared to be about the consistency of commerical powdered sugar without the starchy taste, but I had a hard time getting it off the sides of the bowl. Still, it seemed to work fine and the cookies were quite good.

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        muD RE: desert rat Dec 23, 2004 02:09 PM

        I've put both regular and superfine sugar in a food processor (the miniprep) to try this. It took longer then a minute and the consistency was never there. Some was powdered, some was still grainy, just finer grains. Also, a little wisp of sugar smoke would waft up through the holes in the lid. At first I was wondering what was smoking but finally figured out it was just sugar.

        I have read that putting sugar in a rock tumbler with ball bearings will do it.

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          Cathy2 RE: desert rat Dec 23, 2004 11:01 PM


          I have used my coffee grinder to make powdered sugar.


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