Whats the big deal about coconut sugar? Sharing a recipe which is the best!

Coconut sugar has been around for centuries. Yes.  I had heard about this exotic ingredient but never got a chance to taste it  (thanks to most of it being exported). But, things changed and i2cook has finally managed to source this  sugar. Yay!

Coconut sugar is created from the sap of the coconut palm tree, rather than from the actual coconut itself. Coconut sugar is 100% pure, single-ingredient product with no additives, fillers, or added sweeteners. It is the single most sustainable sweetener in the world!

Coconut Sugar

 Consumption of coconut sap sugar helps reduce and maintain weight, control and manage diabetes and also reduce your chances of getting breast cancer. It may also help lower serum cholesterol and risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease. Coconut  sugar is healthy sugar; low in the glycemic index and full of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It is definitely a better substitute of all sweeteners including agave syrup. For more detailed benefits, read here.

Coconut and palm sugar are  different. Both are natural sweeteners that come from trees: coconut sugar comes from the buds of coconut tree flowers, while palm sugar is made from the sap of sugar palm tree (also called date palm).

Coconut palm sugar is a versatile substitute for conventional cane sugar for most baking purposes. It is slightly less sweet than cane sugar but more flavorful, and in many cases the quantity of sugar can be reduced by up to 25 percent without altering the end result. If you would like to try coconut sugar in a cake, then you MUST try this recipe from “Love Food Eat”, what gorgeous pictures! It greatly enhances the taste of plain milk, Soy milk, Coconut milk, Porridge or any health drink and is suitable for children.

You will find coconut sugar not as  sweet as refined white sugars (so if using them for cakes or other desserts, you may need to add more to achieve the same level of sweetness). However, I find they have a nice caramel-like taste which is similar to molasses, but lighter. You’ll definitely enjoy the taste!

If you’re now convinced with this super nutritious  sugar. Lets get started with the “coconut sugar cookies”. These cookies are so so yummy and full of flavor that you cannot help but finish the entire jar. I must warn you that it can get you addicted ;). You can also  buy the  coconut sugar cookies from i2cook.com

coconut sugar cookie

Ingredients:

170gms wheat flour

80gms all purpose flour

150gms butter (Govind or Amul butter)

150gms coconut sugar

1tsp (5gms) baking soda

1tsp (5gms) baking powder

1egg (room temperature)

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients flours, including the baking powder & soda together.
  2. Beat egg, sugar and butter till mixed well.
  3. Fold the wet and dry ingredients.
  4. Roll the dough into 1 ½” balls. Arrange on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake in pre-heated oven (@ 180 centigrade) until set and crinkled on top, about 8 to 10 minutes depending upon your oven settings. Keep a keen watch.
  5. Once done allow it cool on a wire rack . Store in air tight containers for about two weeks. I got 20  medium-sized  cookies.
 I love the texture and colour of these cookies. You really have to try this recipe out or buy from our store to taste awesomeness!
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You might also like blackstrap molasses cookie recipe.
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Milestones for 2012. The journey continues…..

Half way through the month of January and I wanted to share some of my  experiences;  some  professional and some personal. This post is dedicated to what I’ve achieved and what I would have liked to achieve last year.

2012 has been a year of learning for me. I was focusing on honing my skills and getting down to basics. Some professional:

  • We introduced “pink mustard” as a new branding for our mustard and was appreciated by the consumer.
  • Peanut butter on the other hand is considered one of the best peanut butter available as of today.
  • Granola bars were the highest selling product without any marketing  push.
  • i2cook organic store got really good response and we got in products that were not easily available in the market.
  • Our products are now, not only available in Mumbai but also Bangalore and Mysore.
  • i2cook gifting.
Ethiopian

Ethiopian Spread – Injera (made with nachini/ragi flour) served with Doro Wat (chicken stew), Mesir wat (red lentil stew), Ethiopian style spiced butter flavoured greens, Tomato salad & Ethiopian cheese. The spread is served with Niter Kibbeh (spiced clarified butter)

Some personal:

  • I tried different cuisines from Ethiopian to Indonesian and attempted to get as close to the original taste for Coral. The toughest cuisine was Ethiopian and injera (Ethiopian flatbread, similar to dosa and fluffy like appam) being the most nerve jangling dish for me. I was very nervous about the batter for injera, which is fermented for 4-5 days and if things went wrong the entire cuisine would have fallen apart. Injera is made with teff flour and I substituted with pearl millet/ragi flour. The response was excellent and was one of the most well-appreciated and colourful of dishes.
  • I started baking and the first thing that I baked was a whole wheat bread.  Now I can’t stop baking 😉
  • Exposure to new ingredients like nutritional yeast flakes, blackstrap molasses, chia seeds, cocoa nibs, millets, coconut sugar etc.
  • 90% of the ingredients  in my kitchen for everyday cooking is organic 😀
  • Conducted two i2cook cooking classes successfully.
  • Gaining experience in retail – coming from an architectural background is not easy!
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Sachin, a special child and very hard working. He loves to sing and dance.

2012 has also been a year of hiring people and working together. The highlight for me was to meet Dilshad of Mann – centre for individuals with special needs, who gave me an opportunity to be a part of their family. I’ve never been with or around a special child and even though I had decided that I will try this new experience, I was a bit nervous. Scared that I may be faced with hyper activity and may not be able to control the situation. I was wrong!

Each child is assigned to you taking the work and place into consideration. I’ve hired two kids and I’m training them in packaging, labels, hygiene etc. They have shown really good results and it’s really a pleasure working with them. They really know how to put a smile on my face even after a long and tiring day at work.

Looking forward to 2013 –  professional and personal:

  • Introducing new product range for i2cook. We’re aiming at four new products this year.
  • Launch of i2cook.com.
  • Hiring more special children and training them to have a better life.
  • Recipe videos.
  • Collaborating with other brand(s) and producing products – some products are so unique that no Indian brand is doing it.
  • More baking! 😀
  • Trying different cuisines for Coral – networking dinner which my husband and I execute.

I hope you enjoyed reading my first blog post of 2013. I look forward to reading your milestones for 2012/13 in the comment box. Happy cooking!