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					COOKING & BAKING TIPS FOR TRUVIA™ NATURAL ZERO CALORIE SWEETENER Here are some great tips from the TRUVIA chefs and food experts for cooking and baking with TRUVIA™ natural zero calorie sweetener. Beverage Tips: Try This~ • Quick fruit juice sodas: Stir together ice cubes, fruit juice concentrate, carbonated water, and Truvia™ natural sweetener to make a delicious and refreshing soda that’s very low in sugar and calories. • Fast flavored iced teas: Place 4 bags of lemon tea and 4 bags of berry tea into a tea pot, add 10 packets of Truvia™ natural sweetener (more or less based on your sweetness preference). Pour hot boiling water over the bags and steep for 30 minutes. Remove tea bags. Place fresh mint leaves or thinly sliced pineapple wedges in the bottom of a glass. Add ice cubes and pour tea. Stir, sip, and if needed, adjust sweetness to your taste. Try different combinations of flavored tea and fruit. A touch of elegance: Rim your glass or cup with Truvia™ natural sweetener. Turn cup or glass upside down and dip rim into a shallow plate of water. Shake off excess water and dip rim in a plate of Truvia™ natural sweetener. Pour your beverage of choice very carefully into the cup or glass. Enjoy. Left over vanilla beans: Don’t throw away your vanilla beans after you’ve scraped the paste from the pod – they are great for flavoring coffee beans. Take a quarter of the split bean pod, place in coffee grinder and grind with your beans. Brew as usual. Add a packet of Truvia™ natural sweetener to your vanilla bean coffee, and you’ve just made your own gourmet coffee!

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Baking Tips: • Cooler oven: Baking with Truvia™ natural sweetener often requires using lower temperature than sugar based recipes. Lower the oven temperature by about 25 to 50 degrees F and increase baking time by 5-10 minutes. Replacing sugar in baked goods: The most difficult recipes to replace sugar in are baked goods like cookies, cakes, muffins and brownies. Sugar contributes a lot of functionality to baked goods beyond sweetness - like structure, tenderness, spread and browning. For best results, leave about 1/4 cup sugar in your favorite recipe and replaces the remainder with appropriate amount of Truvia™ natural sweetener from the conversion chart on www.truvia.com. Use brown sugar for more chewy and moist baked goods. Juicy fresh fruit: When working with fresh fruit for baking, fold Truvia™ natural sweetener with cut up fruit pieces and allow to macerate for 20 minutes to develop natural juices and flavors for baking.

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Fudgy brownies: If you bake brownies a little shorter, you get a more fudgy brownie. If it's baked a little longer, it will have a more cakey texture. Crispy cookies: For slightly crisper cookies (not crunchy) add 1-2 Tablespoons of cornstarch with the dry ingredient. Thicken pie filling: When using Truvia™ natural sweetener in fruit based pies, add about 3 Tablespoons of corn starch to ensure that all juices that are released are adequately thickened. Raising cornbread: Cornbread is leavened with baking powder or baking soda plus an acidic ingredient, like buttermilk (not yeast). These leavening agents release gas bubbles (carbon dioxide) when they are moistened in the presence of the acidic ingredient. The bubbles aerate the batter and cause it to rise during baking.

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  Try This~ • Wholesome garnish: For muffins or galettes or cookies, dust tops of muffins, galettes or cookies with a mixture of 1 Tablespoon Truvia™ Natural Sweetener plus 1 Tablespoon corn starch plus 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon to give a “hearth baked” tone.
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Take cinnamon sugar to the next level: Add cocoa powder, 5 spice powder, cardamom powder, ginger powder, nutmeg powder, pumpkin spice powder, chili powder, clove powder for a new twist on an old favorite. Looks and tastes like powdered sugar: Make your own “powdered sugar” by blending 8 packets of Truvia™ natural sweetener and 1 Tablespoon of corn starch on high for one minute in a blender. Reduced sugar candies: Replacing a fourth of the sugar in your favorite candy recipes with Truvia™ natural sweetener. Use the conversion chart on www.truvia.com to determine the correct amount of TRUVIA to use. For example, 6 packets of TRUVIA replaces 1/4 cup of sugar. Rock candy: Truvia™ can be used to make large, clear and beautiful rock candy for a special treat or elegant garnish. Truvia™ crystals are more delicate than sugar crystals and have to be handled gently.

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Jam, Jelly & Preserves: • Sugar-free preserves: When making sugar free jams be sure to use the pectin designed especially for no-sugar-added preserves for proper gelling and follow the directions on the package. Freezer jam: Truvia™ natural sweetener works great in freezer jam recipes. Freezer jam is a lot like the fruit sauce recipes posted on www.truvia.com -- with pectin added for gelling. Because the fruit is not cooked, you get a really great fresh-picked taste.

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Keep refrigerated: Freezer jam is meant to be stored in the freezer and will keep for up to one year. After a jar is opened, it will keep in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Freezer jam should never be kept at room temperature, or it will spoil.

Try This~ Miscellaneous: • Hot stuff: Truvia™ natural sweetener is heat stable. Go ahead and cook and bake to your heart’s content.

Try This~ • Salad dressing: Whisk Truvia™ natural sweetener in with the vinegar in your favorite salad dressing recipes. If you’d like a little more body in a cooked dressing, add 1 teaspoon of corn starch that’s been dispersed into a small amount of cold water to the boiling water. This will thicken the dressing a little bit so it will cling better to the salad.


				
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