Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Spring baking with Tate and Lyle

Just before Barney arrived I received a lovely package full of sugars from Tate and Lyle for us to use in our Spring baking. All of a sudden things got busy with a new baby and recovering from my c section meant I wasn't able to stand and bake. However i have started to get back onto some simple baking again and so got to try out some of the sugars we were sent.

I was very curious about the Tate and Lyle Sugar with Stevia that we received. This is the UK's first blend of cane sugar and natural Stevia leaf extract offering great the same sweet taste but with half the calories. It can be used in hot drinks, on cereal, baking, basically anywhere you would usually use sugar.
I wanted to know if using the Sugar with Stevia in place of my normal sugar would change my results when baking so I used it to make a basic sponge cake(the 4,4,4,2 method), something I make all of the time just to see how it would turn out. Well my sponge came out just as I would normally expect and tasted delicious and light, I didn't mention the ingredient change to Phil and he didn't notice. As you can see I let the boys loose with some spring themed decorations!




Sebastian requested to make some chocolate chip cookies last week and I figured it gave us the perfect chance to try out one of the brown sugars we were sent. 
Tate and Lyle have a whole range of speciality brown sugars delivering the ultimate taste experience to cooking and beverages. Brown sugars have varying uses for example demerara is great for biscuits and crumbles and i personally love using dark muscovado sugar to glaze gammon when I cook it.
For our cookies we used light soft brown sugar and we ended up with delicious buttery cookies full of flavour. They didn't last too long in this house!



Take a look at the Tate and Lyle website for more information on their ranges of sugars, they even have some fab recipe ideas on there, the French Onion Soup is definitely on my to make list!

**I received the above products for the purpose of this post, all opinions are my own**
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