Will This Demerara Sugar Crumb Spell the End of Maja’s MasterChef Journey?

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MasterChef Australia is known for not only introducing us to some incredible cooks, but it also brings to the forefront some ingredients which we haven’t really heard of before.

Last year, the Davidson plum was a native fruit that not many had heard of until it was highlighted on the hit TV show and this year, we have already been introduced to lemon myrtle — a herb that eliminated contestant Trent Vu called the “devil’s leaf”.

On Tuesday, May 4 episode of MasterChef, the losing team from Monday’s challenge must cook to survive the pressure test. This particular one has been set by judge Jock Zonfrillo and the test is all about applying, well, pressure and cooking out of your comfort zone.

With a savoury tart and a sweet tart to choose from, each contestant must stand behind the dish they feel most comfortable making, but of course, it wouldn’t be a pressure test without a shock twist. Jock then says it’s time for the contestants to “step out of their comfort zone”, switching the dishes on them.

In a preview clip for Tuesday night’s episode that was shared with POPSUGAR Australia, it seems as though contestant Maja Veit, who first stood behind the savoury dish struggles with the crumb.

The dessert tart — which sounds absolutely delicious by the way — has a gingerbread and demerara sugar crumb. While we know what gingerbread is, it’s the demerara that has us stumped.

What Is Demerara Sugar?

Demerara sugar is produced from sugarcane and its consistency of large grains provides the perfect texture for baking. The sugar originates from Guyana in South America, however, the sugar available today comes from Mauritius in Africa.

According to Healthline, “it naturally contains a small amount of molasses, which gives it a light brown colour and caramel flavour.” Yum!

Demerara is also healthier for you than white sugar and undergoes minimal processing, even containing vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamins B3, B5 and B6.

To see how demerara is used in tonight’s pressure test, tune in to Masterchef Australia which continues at 7.30 pm on 10.

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