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Why Less Sugar Makes Puddings Better


The Over-Sweetening Issue

Have you ever felt that sometimes the dessert at a restaurant is just too sweet? It's as though you're tasting more sugar than anything else? There's a good reason for this common practice, and it's something that more chefs and restaurants could improve upon.


Lilliput Farm Kitchen's English Strawberry Pavlova with meringue, strawberry compote & vanilla ice cream
Lilliput Farm Kitchen's English Strawberry Pavlova with meringue, strawberry compote & vanilla ice cream

Sugar Overload in the Kitchen

Restaurants often add sugar at each stage of a pudding's creation—from the base and the filling to the topping. This systematic addition of sugar is all too often used as a way to enhance flavour quickly. But it can also mask imperfections in a dessert's execution. In busy restaurant kitchens, where dishes need to be prepared swiftly, sugar often becomes the go-to quick fix.


Flavour and Complexity Lost

When a dessert is overloaded with sugar it can overshadow all the other wonderful flavours. Consider this: you might be missing out on the deep richness of dark chocolate, the freshness of berries, or the subtle warmth of spices like cinnamon. Such nuances add a complex and rewarding dimension to desserts that simply can't shine through when sugar dominates.


Lilliput Farm Kitchen's Dark chocolate & miso crémeux, cocoa nib tuille, salted caramel ice cream (VG, GF)
Lilliput Farm Kitchen's Vegan Dark chocolate & miso crémeux, cocoa nib tuille, salted caramel ice cream (VG, GF)

Health Implications

And using too much sugar isn't ideal for health. We're all aware that excessive sugar consumption isn't beneficial, and encountering a highly sugared dessert at the end of a meal compounds this issue.


A Call for Balance

Restaurants would do well to find a more balanced approach to sweetening their desserts. Reducing sugar, and certainly avoiding using excessive sugar as a quick fix, allows the pudding's true flavours to emerge, enhancing the overall dining experience.


Lilliput Farm Kitchen's Lemon marmalade & mascarpone mousse, polenta cake, coconut crunch, yogurt sorbet (GF)
Lilliput Farm Kitchen's Lemon marmalade & mascarpone mousse, polenta cake, coconut crunch, yogurt sorbet (GF)

The True Taste of Dessert

A pudding that isn't saturated with sugar not only tastes better but also lets the quality of the ingredients speak for themselves. Trust us, a pudding with balanced sweetness can truly be a memorable end to your meal. So next time you’re out and you want to indulge, take a moment and see if you’re tasting a nuanced pudding, or if you're just swallowing sugar.





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