Молекулярная гастрономия для креативных шеф-поваров (англ. язык) - страница 201

Молекулярная гастрономия для креативных шеф-поваров (англ. язык)

Alternatively, sweets can be especially cooled to prevent crystal formation. Such sweets are called

non-crystalline (or amorphous) and examples include lollipops. Because the sugar molecules are

arranged haphazardly rather than in organised crystals, these sweet breaks easily into small pieces

when chewed.


In a pan, put some sugar and water, and heat. Using a thermometer or a thermocouple, measure the

temperature of the cooking syrup.

When the syrup boils, observe that the temperature increased. Every 5°C above 100°C, pour some of

the syrup on a cold metal surface with oil on it. When this syrup has cooled, observe the consistency

of the product that you get.

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Syrups sample recovered at temperatures below 127.4°C form transparent, soft solids.

Syrups sample recovered at temperature higher than 127.4°C form transparent crackling solids. They

are “amorphous” solids, where crystallization did not occur, because high viscosity prevented the

sucrose molecules to pile up. However, in these sample, when the water concentration decreases,

crystallization occurs: frequently, you can see that these amorphous solids suddenly because opaque,

because of crystallisation. Pastry makers prevent this crystallization using glucose, whose molecules

go in between the sucrose molecules, preventing them to form crystals.

How to control crystallisation

Preparing sweets with a small number of large crystals e.g. rock candy : Stirring increases the

chances of forming crystals - the more a sugar solution is stirred, the more crystals will form as the

sugar molecules are pushed together, and these crystals will be fairly small, so a few large crystals


Therefore, to prepare rock candy the sugar mixture is not stirred at all during cooling.

Preparing sweets with a large number of small crystals e.g. fudge: When preparing fudge, the aim is to

maximise the formation of crystals, in order to obtain small crystals. To increase the formation of

crystals, a sugar solution should be stirred.

However, if a sugar solution is stirred immediately from the moment it is removed from the heat, a few

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