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Recipes using not/Sugar

Syrup

For the equivalent of a simple syrup (two parts sugar to one part water), combine 1 cup water with 1 Tablespoon of not/Sugar and bring to a full boil. (You do not need to boil it if you wait two hours for complete thickening--however, the syrup will keep longer if cooked.) Allow to cool and flavor and sweeten to taste. (I like to use 1-2 teaspoons extract and the equivalent of 4-8 teaspoons sugar depending on use of syrup.) Note: unlike sugar syrup, this syrup can spoil so keep in refrigerator for up to two weeks. Makes 7/8 cup.

Shake

Combine 1/2 cup water, 1 tablespoon not/Sugar, 2 ounces of almost any dairy product or substitute from yogurt to sour cream to heavy cream, sweetener to taste, flavor or extract to taste (optional), 1/2 cup ice; blend, whip, shake, or pour from glass to glass until well-mixed and frothy.

Smoothie, Strawberry

Using a blender, combine 1/2 cup water, 1 Tablespoon not/Sugar, 4-6 fresh or frozen strawberries (about 2 ounces), sweetener equivalent to 4 teaspoons of sugar or to taste, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (optional). Blend; add 1/2-1 cup crushed ice, blend until well-mixed and frothy.

For other fruit smoothies, adjust sweetener and lemon juice to taste.

Lassi--any of a number of delicious Indian yogurt drinks.

Note: add some heavy cream or use part or all sour cream to match the creaminess of Indian yogurt. These recipes are best with either 2 ounces of yogurt plus 1 Tablespoon heavy cream or 1 ounce (you may use more) of sour cream.

-Fruit Lassi (mango or strawberry are the usual ones) In a blender, combine 2 ounces yogurt, 1/2 cup water, 1 Tablespoon not/Sugar, 1 ounce fruit, sweetener equivalent to 4 teaspoons sugar or to taste, and 1-2 drops rosewater or orange flower water (optional). Blend; add 1/2 cup crushed ice, blend. Blend again immediately before serving.

-Salty Lassi Prepare as above, omitting fruit, sweetener, rosewater. Add salt, pepper, and cumin to taste. (Note from Barbara: I've never seen it in an Indian recipe, but I add a little garlic too.)

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