The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


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Inclusion of various 'gum' in products, fillings...

April 5, 2011 - 3:16pm -- dolcebaker

When making a cream cheese (or other) filling for danish, and such variations it is used for; I read one recipe including 'guar or xanthum gum'.  I never see it other wise in recipes and would like guidance on a ratio, amount for it's use.  What exactly it does... I now have looked for it and see it listed in bread and many items.  Are there any articles about this? Why, when it is used??

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Signature Secrets?

December 27, 2008 - 10:30am -- colinwhipple

KA has a recipe for Fruitcake that has a ingredient called Signature Secrets Culinary Thickener.

I looked at the Signature Secrets website and it looks like the smallest container it is sold in is a one gallon jug, which sounds like a lot more than I would use in a couple of years.

Does anyone have experience with this?  It looks like cornstarch might be the closest substitute.


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