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Old 12-14-2005, 12:05 PM   #1
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Thickener for making desserts?

Is there some sort of basic thickener for dessert recipes? Like powdered sugar, or butter or something? I just wondered if there's a general thickening substance used.

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Old 12-14-2005, 12:11 PM   #2
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It depends ....What are you making?

For example, you could use powdered sugar, butter, flour, cornstarch, tapioca, arrowroot, rice flour ....

It all depends on what you are trying to thicken and how much you are trying to thicken it.
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Old 12-14-2005, 02:15 PM   #3
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I agree with jennyema, Ive used flour, cornstarch, and tapioca.
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Old 12-14-2005, 04:32 PM   #4
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Try arrowroot or cornflour.

Arrowroot is used in a similar way to cornflour, but is more tasteless and gives a clearer and glossier result, so is the first choice for fruit glazes and sauces. However, use arrowroot only when the dish is to be served within 10 minutes of preparation. It will not hold heat, nor will it reheat.

1 tablespoon cornflour equals 2 tablespoons plain flour. The mixture will not be clear and glossy as with cornflour.

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I'm an arrowroot user too, but it really does depend on the recipe. Rice flour can be really handy too
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Old 12-14-2005, 05:24 PM   #6
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I tend to use arrowroot, too. It doesn't 'cloud' the ingredients that you are trying to thicken

I used to love Cherries Jubilee. Served with home made vanilla ice-cream. Just open a couple of tins of black cherries in syrup. Put in a saucepan... slake off a little arrowroot - add to the sauce. When warmed through, pour over the vanilla icecream.

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Old 12-14-2005, 08:23 PM   #7
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I like tapioca starch because it cooks clear. I tried arrowroot and the sauce was slimy (stringy). Tapioca starch can be found in oriental groceries. I also use corn starch.
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Old 12-15-2005, 07:42 PM   #8
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Thanks guys; I'll add these to my little collection of cooking tips.
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