You're going to love this. I don't know how I never knew that I could make my own brown sugar. It's so easy, and tastes so good, you won't believe that you haven't tried it before. And it is only two simple ingredients: sugar and molasses!
If you have ever been busy baking and had to drop everything to run to the store to buy brown sugar, you won't ever have to do that again if you have a bottle of molasses in the back of your pantry cupboard.
I thought all brown sugar is made with molasses, but apparently it is not. My package of C&H brown sugar says that the sugar is naturally brown, with no added ingredients. So why is it brown? I guess that's a question for another day. After you taste this homemade version you won't want to eat the store bought kind anymore anyway!
To make a cup of brown sugar, pour one cup of white sugar into a bowl, along with one tablespoon of molasses. Light molasses will make a lighter brown sugar, and darker molasses will make a darker brown sugar. You can adjust the amount of molasses to suit your tastes.
When you start to mix in the molasses with a fork, it will turn into big gobs of dark sugar (see photo below). Keep stirring it around, and in a minute or two the molasses will disperse throughout the sugar and you will have the beautiful brown sugar pictured below.
I was very impressed with the consistency of my homemade brown sugar. It is almost identical in appearance and texture to the kind you buy at the store. What I wasn't prepared for was the taste. Yum! The molasses gives it a wonderful flavor that the store bought kind can not compete with. I can't wait to try my favorite oatmeal raisin cookie recipe with my first batch of homemade brown sugar.
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