Yesterday, I was baking a cake and discovered I was out of brown sugar. Not a big deal, just a bit of a nuisance. The discovery went a little something like this:
Me (taking lid off canister): Oh, shoot! I’m out of brown sugar.
Kiddo #2: Can you still make the cake? (worried expression)
Me: Yes. I just have to make the brown sugar first, then get on with the cake making.
Kiddo #2: You can make brown sugar?
At this point in the conversation, I had not only discovered I was out of brown sugar, but that I had also been remiss in my teaching/child rearing as my child did not know she/I could make brown sugar.
I quickly remedied both situations. Then I wondered if maybe other people also don’t know how easy it is to make brown sugar. So, voila, blog post! Brown sugar is made from molasses and white (table sugar, granulated sugar) sugar. That’s it. Dark brown sugar has more molasses in it than light brown sugar.
Bowl, fork, measuring spoons
Light Brown Sugar
Mix 1 cup white sugar with 2 tablespoons molasses in a bowl with a fork until all of the molasses is mixed in with the white sugar. It will be lumpy. Smoosh the molasses/sugar lumps onto the side of the bowl and keep on beating away with the fork until it turns into brown sugar.
Dark Brown Sugar
Mix 1 cup white sugar with 3 tablespoons molasses. Follow the instructions for light brown sugar.
And that's all there is to it. Store your homemade brown sugar in an airtight container just like you would store bought brown sugar. The only difference is in the price!
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