Have you ever been in the middle of baking and got part way through and realized that you don’t have enough brown sugar?
When you live in the country there are only a few options. One, you phone the neighbour and see if you can borrow a cup. Or two, you DIY it.
DIY Brown Sugar!
Making brown sugar only takes 2 ingredients and you likely have them in your cupboard already. Just White Sugar and Molasses
Start by adding 1 tsp Molasses to 1 cup white sugar. Make sure you have a bowl big enough to really mix. The first time I made this my bowl wasn’t big enough and I made a big mess.
With a fork start mixing the two ingredients together. Don’t get frustrated, keep whisking it will eventually mix together.
Once they’re combined, taste it. Want a darker brown sugar? Then add a little more Molasses. I only had cooking Molasses in my cupboard and it has a much stronger flavour to it. If you’re using Fancy Molasses you may need to add up to 2 tbsp of Molasses to get it to the colour and flavour you want.
Light Brown, White and Dark Brown Sugars
Once all the clumps are mixed in you’re ready to add it to any recipe just like store bought. Any leftover sugar should be stored in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out.
DIY Brown Sugar
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 1-2 tsp Molasses for light brown sugar
- 1-2 Tbsp Molasses for dark brown sugar
- Add white sugar to medium sized mixing bowl.
- Start by adding 1 tsp Molasses to sugar.
- With a fork start whisking the 2 ingredients together until no more clumps are visible.
- Taste. If needed add more Molasses.
- Use in place of store bought brown sugar in any recipe.
I’ve had brown sugar get hard and there is an easy fix even if your sugar is in an air tight container. We’ve all had a lid not quite closed. I take a piece of fresh bread and set it on top of the hard sugar and the moisture from the bread will rehydrate the sugar. Next time you open it up you can throw the rock hard bread into your compost.
Thats it! Go on, get baking and don’t worry when you run out of sugar!