Are you out of brown sugar? Here’s how to make your own with only two ingredients.
Have you ever thought about what brown sugar is made from? Neither did I, until today. Brown sugar is something we always, ALWAYS have in our cupboard, but because of some terrible twerk in the universe tonight, we didn’t. I got to thinking, what exactly is brown sugar? I guess I always assumed it was sugar that comes from a different plant. A very special dark plant. Not so much.
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A little research told me that brown sugar is simply white sugar mixed with molasses. THAT IS ALL. That is the whole, 100% truth of brown sugar. How silly. Why have I been spending money on this silly little mixture that I could be making myself, in my own kitchen, with much better ingredients? Well let me tell you, that is exactly what I did tonight, when I ran out of brown sugar and desperately needed it to make a coffee cake. Yes, coffee cake is a desperate need. If you don’t agree, you’ve never had it.
Are you ready to learn how to make brown sugar for yourself? Here we go!
How to Make Brown Sugar
So, you may think making brown sugar at home is ridiculous, but let me tell you, it’s DELICIOUS. The taste doesn’t even come close to that of store bought brown sugar, especially if you use high quality sugar and molasses for your mixture.
I used Natural Cane Sugar, which is very much like white sugar. I like my foods to be as unprocessed as possible. Also, it tastes better than white sugar.
Do you have your two ingredients ready? Here we go…
For light brown sugar, use a ratio of one cup of sugar to one tablespoon of molasses. Increase the molasses for dark brown sugar to two tablespoons for every one-cup of sugar.
Step 1: Pop ’em in the bowl of your mixer and attach your whisk. If you don’t have a mixer, whisking by hand, or mashing them together with a fork works just fine. We just received this mixer from my amazing brother for our wedding, so I use it for everything ever. I swear I would do my laundry with it if I could!
Step 2: Start it up on low and progressively work your way to medium. Whisk until you can’t identify any little bits of molasses anymore, for me it took about three minutes.
Step 3: Look at that beautiful brown sugar goodness!
Don’t you just want to eat it with a spoon? Well, you probably shouldn’t. Instead put it in an airtight container and save it for tomorrow, when I’ll show you how to make THE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES EVER!!!
I developed this recipe years ago, and up until now it’s been a tightly kept secret. But I’ve decided these cookies are too good not to share with the world, so be prepared for a taste explosion.
Here’s a comparison shot so you can see how delicious my brown sugar looks and how gross the lump of store bought brown sugar looks:
When I finished this little experiment and showed my husband, he asked, “Does it taste like brown sugar?” I responded with, “It tastes like molasses mixed with sugar.” I guess I’ve never straight up eaten a chunk of brown sugar before. Now I can’t say that anymore.
How to Soften Hard Brown Sugar
If you are not using the brown sugar immediately in your favorite recipe, store it in an airtight container with a brown sugar keeper in a cool place. If your brown sugar hardens anyway, here are several ways to soften it.
- Use Bread: Add a slice of bread to the container on top of the brown sugar. Reseal and let it sit for a day or so. The brown sugar will absorb moisture from the bread and soften.
- Use Apples: Add a few slices of apple to the container, reseal, and let it sit for a day or two until the brown sugar softens.
- Use the Microwave: If you don’t have time to wait for the brown sugar to soften, turn to your microwave for help. Place the hard brown sugar in a glass or ceramic bowl, top with a damp paper towel, and microwave on high for 20 seconds. Check the brown sugar with a fork. If it is still hard, go another 20 seconds. Repeat until the brown sugar is soft.
Homemade Brown Sugar
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- 1 tablespoon molasses for light brown sugar (use 2 tablespoons for dark brown sugar)
- Add the sugar and molasses to a bowl and combine together until well blended.
- Use immediately in your favorite recipe or store in an airtight container in a cool place.