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If you're on a sugar-free or reduced sugar diet, you are probably familiar with sugar replacement products such as Splenda. Although there are a wide variety of sugar substitutes available, most of them are in granulated or brown sugar form. Sometimes, though, recipes will call for powdered sugar, and granulated sugar just won't do. Here's what to do to create powdered sugar from Splenda.
- 1 cup granulated Splenda (not the coffee packets or the brown sugar varieties)
- 1 tsp cornstarch
Place the Splenda and the cornstarch in a mixer or food processor. Blend on high speed for approximately 1 minute, until the texture is similar to powdered sugar. You may need to scrape down the mixer or processor bowl several times in the process. Sugar can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month. Try dusting it on candies, tarts, or lemon bars.
Like with any sugar replacer, this is best used when you need the flavor of sugar but not necessarily the baking properties. Don't try to use Splenda-based granulated or powdered sugar in recipes where sugar is the main ingredient, or where the recipe depends on sugar to give it structure or caramelizing properties.