Sunday night, Dan and I were cooking dinner when we found ourselves in negotiations over the last half cup of brown sugar. He wanted it for the ham, I wanted it for the sweet potatoes and acorn squash. Just as Dan offered to split it with me, leaving us both a little short of what we really needed, I remembered the Molasses Episode of Good Eats in which Alton Brown made white sugar into brown sugar. But… was there any molasses in Dan’s kitchen? I checked the baking pantry and came away happy. We both had enough brown sugar to cook without compromises, and dinner was saved (cue heroic music).
Make your own Brown Sugar:
You may already know this tip, but I thought it was a useful thing to know as we enter the Holiday Season. Never run out again…
1 cup granulated sugar
1-2 tablespoons molasses
- Mix sugar and 1 tablespoon of molasses with a fork until well blended (I found using a mash and scrape motion worked best).
- If you like a darker brown sugar, add another tablespoon of molasses and mix well.