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In addition to its pleasant taste, sugar has many characteristics that can enhance the preparation of food. Sugar or sugar syrup is used to bottle, confit, and preserve fruits, and this process preserves their flavour, structure, and colour for an extended period of time. Sugar also enhances firmness and consistency in certain dishes and is added to stiffly beaten egg whites to create airy desserts and pastries.
Basic techniques: caramelising, cooking, bottling, confit, marinating.
Taste combinations: pineapple, orange, melon, apple, strawberry, citrus fruit, raspberry, beetroot, carrot, roasted nuts, Maldon salt, gingerbread, coffee, chocolate, coconut.