Brown Sugar is one of my favorite baking ingredients. I knew a day would come when I would have to make a homemade version. Actually It's a very easy blend to make but I never really wanted to bother because I always, always have a bag lying around.
Well during Easter when I wanted to make Hot Cross Buns I found out I had run out. I decided to do without it and just bake with white sugar. Prior to that I had made a quick substitute for brown sugar when I was making these Chocolate Chip Cookie bars. How did I make a quick substitution. I just added a few drops of Molasses (Black Treacle) to the cookie dough while it was mixing. In other words I didn't have any accurate measurement to share with you guys.
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Well I decided to do the experiment today and have an accurate measurement for anyone to use. Brown sugar is made with just 2 ingredients; white sugar and molasses (also known as Black Treacle), and There are 2 types, the light brown variety and the dark brown one. The difference is in the color and quantity of molasses mixed with the white sugar.
Light Brown Sugar has a light brown color and has less molasses in the mix.
Dark Brown sugar has a dark brown color and has more molasses in the mix.
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What recipes can we use brown sugar for?
These are a few of them.
- The filling for Cinnamon rolls
- Banana bread
- Biscoff cookies
- Hot Cross Buns
- Chocolate chip cookies
- Chocolate Chip cookie bars
- Fruit cake
A quick tip to save you some time, make sure to use a food processor ? but if you don't have one, your God given hands is perfect if you don't mind getting it messy a bit. Just wash your hands clean or use a food grade hand glove then rub the molasses into the sugar till well combined. And you have your brown sugar light or dark in no time.
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Homemade Brown Sugar
For Light Brown Sugar:
- 1 cup granulated White sugar
- 1.5 tablespoon Molasses
For Dark Brown Sugar:
- 1 cup granulated White sugar
- 4 tablespoon Molasses
- Pour White Sugar into the bowl of food processor, Then Pour in the molasses.
- Mix thoroughly until well combined.
- Transfer into an airtight like a mason jar and store in a cool dry place.
wow! I got to try this recipe to make brown sugar at home!
You should you will love it ?
Excellent recipe and tips! Brown sugar is one of those things I *never* have and I'm always scrambling to make-do. But I always have molasses (probably because a jar last eons, lol) and usually have sugar. So now I know the right proportions. Pinning so I don't forget!
Sure thing Danielle. Thanks for pinning ❤️
Wow! What a revelation, and all this while I thought Brown sugar was a healthier option. Think I will stick to Palm sugar hence forth for normal use and use brown sugar for baking or cooking! Thanks for the tip!
You bet. I thought so as well that it was a healthier option and I wondered why but I guess it’s because of the presence of The molasses. Thanks for stopping by?
I'm shocked! So, brown sugar is just white sugar with molasses? I didn't know that.
Yes Silvia it is. ?
This is such a cool idea to make your own brown sugar! I didn't even know how easy it is to make! Must try this for sure! Thanks for sharing!
You are welcome Anna. ?
I never thought of this. And yet it’s so easy. Thanks for sharing.
You are welcome Chidi?