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2009 Food Trends

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Orange-Cranberry Scones with Turbinado Sugar

In 2009, cooks will continue to discover that agave nectar, Indian jaggery and other natural sweeteners have nuanced flavors that white sugar doesn't; plus, unprocessed sweeteners may be richer in minerals and less likely to cause spikes in blood-sugar levels. In Mani Niall's cookbook, Sweet!, he champions these ingredients. His pleasantly dense cranberry-studded scones, for instance, get a toffeelike flavor from light brown turbinado sugar, which has large, crunchy crystals. Sugar in the Raw is a good brand.

Plus: Where to travel, what to eat and drink, and what to expect from restaurants in 2009

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