Sugar High's Dufftionary: Ace Every Episode's Lingo

Check your Sugar High Q with Duff Goldman's Dufftionary, a six-page dictionary of terms you'll hear about in each episode.

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EPISODE 3: New Orleans Desserts — Fire, Ice and Bacon!

  • Simple syrup — Simple syrup is made by adding granulated sugar to water in a saucepan, cooking over low heat until the sugar is dissolved and then cooling the solution. Generally, the ratio of water to sugar can range anywhere from 1:1 to 2:1 or 3:1, heavy to thin densities.

  • Cardamom — It is native to India and Southeast Asia. Cardamom has a delicately fragrant, slightly astringent flavor with warming qualities. Black cardamom is much stronger than green cardamom, with a strong, lasting, smoky flavor.

  • Brain freeze — A form of brief cranial pain or a headache commonly associated with the consumption (particularly quick consumption) of cold beverages or foods such as ice cream and other cold treats. It happens when something cold touches the roof of the mouth (palate), and is believed to result from a nerve response causing rapid constriction and swelling of blood vessels or a "referring" of pain from the roof of the mouth to the brain.

  • Proofing (dough) — This term is used by bakers. Proofing is the final step in making leavened bread or leavened dough before baking and refers to a specific rest period known as fermentation. Fermentation is a step in creating yeast breads and baked goods during which the yeast is dissolved in a warm liquid (sometimes with the addition of sugar) and set aside in a warm place for about 10 minutes; during this time, the yeast swells and becomes bubbly. This proves that the yeast is alive and active, meaning it is capable of leavening bread or other baked goods.