Monday, October 18

Brown Sugar Indeed

Did you know that all brown sugar is is regular sugar with a little bit of molasses?  I just learned that not too long ago.  I know, huh?  

This last week, I had volunteered to bring a breakfast dish to my MOPs group.  Of course I didn't remember my commitment earlier in the week when I did the grocery shopping, so I tried to figure out a dish that I could make with ingredients I had on hand.  Homemade cinnamon rolls it was.

I prefer to make these with brown sugar in the filling rather than regular, but I stopped buying refined regular sugars a while back.  For recipes that call for sugar now, I use dehydrated cane juice that I order through Azure Standard.  I have also been getting black strap molasses through them as well.  This is a neat little trick that helps if you are either

A) wanting to use a not so refined sugar that has a little bit more nutrients or

B) trying to avoid running to the store in the middle of preparing a recipe and just making do with what you have on hand. 

Please know too, of course, if you have just regular sugar and molasses on hand, those would work just as well.

Brown Sugar

3 cups dehydrated cane juice or regular refined sugar
2 tablespoons black strap or regular molasses

Mix ingredients together thoroughly. Note: I tried doing this by hand and I did not have the patience for it.  I used my stand mixer with the paddle attachment and mixed on medium high speed for about 2-3 minutes. 

After mixing for a minute or so (or mixing it by hand) it will look like this:






















But give it a few more minutes and soon it will look like this:






















Fresh brown sugar!

I store mine in the refrigerator because the black molasses needs to be refrigerated, but if your molasses doesn't say to refrigerate, I wouldn't worry about it.  This is also why I don't make a very large amount at once!  



This recipe/kitchen tip is linked to:

Beauty and Bedlam's Tasty Tuesday
Blessed With Grace Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap

Hearth 'n Soul Recipe Swap  

and 

Kelly the Kitchen Kop's Real Food Wednesday
We Are THAT Family's Works For Me Wednesday
Heavenly Homemakers Parade of Recipes and Cooking Tips




13 comments:

girlichef said...

Well, I did know that, but I never attempted to make any myself... How incredibly COOL!!! Looks just like brown sugar. duh. that's because it is, Heather... ;) Seriously cool post...thanks for sharing it with the hearth and soul hop this week!

Chaotic Cuisine said...

I knew that as well (with food allergies I have to find out what is in EV.E.RY.thing), but it had never ever occurred to me that I could do it myself.

What a brilliant idea!

judee@glutenfreeA-Z said...

Wow! that could be handy in a pinch. I have blackstrap molasses in the house and never use it.. This sounds like a way to use up some of that molasses.. great idea

Christy said...

Well, I didn't know it or how easy it is to make brown sugar! I love knowing these little tricks - makes life so much simpler! Thanks for sharing this with us at the hearth and soul hop!

Milehimama @ Mama Says said...

very cool! I'm just delving in and learning more about sugars and their compositions. Good to know!

Erin @ EKat's Kitchen said...

I had no idea it was so easy to do! I'm going to have to start trying this. I wonder, does it work with raw sugar?

Caroline Mukisa said...

I never knew you could do this and it's so easy! Thanks for sharing!

☺lani☺ said...

That's so cool! Interesting and informative post! Have a nice day!

a moderate life said...

Hi Jackie! Thanks so much for sharing this on the hearth and soul hop. I wanted to let you know that I will be sharing it on my thoughts on friday link love at a moderate life in the hearth and soul hop highlights section. I adore sharing kitchen tips and tutorials with all our crew so everyone can be a wiz in the kitchen! I knew what brown sugar was made of, but didn't ever try and make it myself! Thanks for showing us how!

Quit Eating Out said...

Okay this is just a super cool post. I'm going to make my own now too! Love your site and so happy to have found it. Beautiful photographing.

cleartrampoline said...

Oh I love Azure Standard, they're located pretty near my hometown and sell wonderful products! Thanks for sharing your brown sugar trick! I'll have to try that next time I run out of brown sugar. :)

Naomi said...

I LOVE this tip. Here in Beirut, regular white sugar is cheap, but most of the brown sugars are much more expensive. This will save me lots of money - thanks!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Weel, you learn something new every day - I did not know that, and I certainly had no idea you could make it yourself. That is really exciting!
Sue :-)

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