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Sunday, June 26, 2011
Substitute For Brown Sugar In Baking
Brown sugar is simply white granulated sugar with molasses added. The molasses is responsible for the brown color, the higher moisture content, and the extra sweetness of brown sugar.
The best alternative is maple syrup. It has about the same number of calories as white sugar. It is better, though, because only 65% of it is carbohydrates, whereas other sugars are 100% carbohydrates. It is also high in calcium and potassium.
In recipes, you can substitute the same amount of maple syrup for brown sugar. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the maple taste may come through a little in the baked good in question, so make sure that it will still taste good. Other substitutes for brown sugar in baking include corn syrup and honey.
If you decide to substitute brown sugar with white sugar, remember that white sugar has no flavor and may make your baked good drier. To remedy this, add a pinch extra of whatever liquid is called for. If you do decide to use white sugar in place of brown, try to use raw sugar such as demerara or turbinado sugars. The raw sugars will provide a much more similar taste to brown sugar than regular white sugar.