The Future Of Food: Google AI Creates Mashup Desserts

Jan 21, 2021 03:06 PM EST | By Kristine M. (staff@foodworldnews.com)

The Future Of Food: Google AI Creates Mashup Desserts

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We all have heard of the recent innovations in the food we eat, and they are all good. From lab-grown meat to air protein, Science has dabbled with food in many ways than we can imagine. However, these innovations don't just happen in laboratories.

As Google proves it, they have found a way to create mashup desserts using artificial intelligence.

As it turned out, something or someone has been keeping tabs on all the pandemic baking going around. According to a blog published in Google Cloud, Sara Robinson, a machine-learning expert who works for Google Cloud, came up with a project idea.

This involves collecting a dataset of recipes and building a TensorFlow model that gathered lists of ingredients and created predictions. 

Machine-learning Process

According to Towards Data Science, machine-learning has been used for tons of innovations. To put this process to new use, Robinson and her team organized about 700 recipes covering cookies, cakes, and bread.

They standardized measurements, isolated the key ingredients, and re-categorized things like banana bread that are not really bread. All of the gathered information is then fed to an automation tool to create a machine-learning model.

The model predicts whether a specific recipe was a cookie, cake, or bread, based on its ingredient amounts. As many things in this world are, not everything fits perfectly into one category. As Robinson explained it, one recipe might turn out to be 97% bread, 2% cake, and 1% cookie.

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As per Food and Wine, Robinson brilliantly thought of a solution by asking the machine-learning AI to come up with a new recipe if such ambiguities appear. As a result, the Cakie was born, which is 50% cake and 50% cookie.

Meanwhile, Robinson's colleague Dale Markowitz also tweaked their model, which resulted in a Breakie, a 50% bread, and 50% cookie. In case you want to give it a try, here is the Google Cloud Breakie recipe.

Breakie

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup warm milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 and ¼ stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Your oven should be at 350 degrees F (preheated) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper lightly greased.
  2. For the bread part, heat milk in the microwave until it is warm to the touch. In warm milk, dissolve the yeast and set aside. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add in the milk and yeast mixture to the mixture and stir until combined. Add the lightly beaten egg until combined.
  3. For the cookie part, combine room temperature butter with both sugars in a mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  4. Slowly incorporate flour mixture into butter mixture, then stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Form dough into balls and place them a few inches apart on your baking sheet. Bake for 13 - 15 minutes until golden brown on the outside and start to crack slightly on top. Let cool on a wire rack.

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