Brown Sugar Substitute

Is there a viable substitution for brown sugar?

Is there a viable substitution for brown sugar?

Most brown sugar is made by adding molasses (a byproduct of refining sugarcane into solid sugar) either to granulated white sugar or to the sugarcane syrup before it has crystallized. (A few gourmet brown sugar manufacturers have reverted to the old-fashioned method of halting the refining process early.) In the test kitchen, we’ve found that pulsing 1 cup of granulated sugar in the food processor with 1 tablespoon of molasses makes a fine substitute for light brown sugar. For dark brown sugar, use 2 tablespoons of molasses for the same 1 cup of granulated sugar. 

THE BOTTOM LINE: Don’t have any brown sugar in the cupboard? Make your own by mixing molasses into white granulated sugar. Or simply add the molasses along with the wet ingredients in your recipe.

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