The Secret of Sunflower Lecithin

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WTF Sunflower Lecithin: Enamored with Emulsion

Sunflower lecithin is the vivaciously versatile emulsifier that foams, extends shelf life, and adds a lovely texture to any baked goods. Perfect for anyone who wants all the benefits of working with lecithin without soy. Plus, honestly, who doesn’t love sunflowers? Scott and Janie review why sunflower lecithin is about to become a major star in your pantry, and demo a cast iron corn bread… on this week’s WTF

Product Links:
Organic Sunflower Lecithin Powder
Soy Lecithin Powder
Liquid Soy Lecithin
Magic Wand

Recipe Link:
Caramelized Cornbread with Maple Bacon Butter
Autumn Apple Cider Rolls

References and Other Links you Might Like!
WTF – Soy Lecithin
WTF – Shelf Life Extension
WTF – Foams

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  • Hi WTF team— I’m a hobbiest chocolatier, and I see lecithins listed in chocolates and sometimes in hot chocolate mixes. It would be great to get some tips on how to use lecithins with chocolate (is it good just for bars, or also ganaches?) and beverages (hot chocolate, or other beverages; I’m looking for a good hot white chocolate recipe). Regarding hot chocolate, I’ve used your perfected guar gum in hot chocolate, but I’m wondering if there is also a role for lecithin (in addition or as an alternate). One mix I’ve liked has both lecithin and some corn starch, for example, but I wouldn’t know what amounts to use. Thanks for the great WTF videos.

  • Hi again- Looks like the link to your cornbread recipe is incorrect. I was able to find it via your search bar. Feel free to delete this message—just wanted to alert you of the bug.

  • When you say use at rate of 0.6-1%..
    0.6-1% of what?
    Total ingredients? All the dry ingredients? all the wet? Just the flour?

  • Rodrigo Balbontin
    April 10, 2020 1:42 am

    Can you apply to a cake recipe GMS and Lecithin?. Will it be interactions with each other?. One replaces the other?

    • You can use either GMS or Lecithin or a combo of both in a cake recipe, just experiment to find your own sweet spot.

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