I haven’t really talked a lot about my coming back home this year. That was in mid October and I still have piles and boxes of stuff sitting around, which is totally unlike me. I’ve just been tired, all the time. Luckily, Christmas isn’t at my house this year. I get to go see my daughter & grand kids!
But when I ran out of brown sugar, I just couldn’t muster it up to go to the store. And I figure other people are in the same boat, somewhere, sometime, for whatever reason. So here’s a super simple method to make your own Brown Sugar.
Before you make this, though, know that if you’re making something like cookies, you don’t even need to mix up the brown sugar and molasses. Just add the sugar and molasses right to the recipe. You’ll never notice the difference at all. But sometimes, you do need Brown Sugar.
When you start mixing your Brown Sugar, you’ll think it will never come together – it will be clumpy and weird. Just soldier through it, and stop to scrape the pan. After a few minutes, let it sit for several, then do a final mix. Bag it right away because it will start to get a little crusty if it just sits out. But once it’s bagged, it will all even out and soften up.
There’s another bonus, it’s cheaper to make your own brown sugar than to buy it, especially if you get a great price on the molasses. Can I mention Aldi, yet again, on my blog?
Home-made Brown Sugar
Multiply the quantities, below, for the amount of brown sugar you wish to make.
Light Brown Sugar:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon of molasses
Dark Brown Sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons molasses
If using a mixer:
Use the paddle attachment. Mix sugar and molasses together, slowly for several minutes, stopping to scrape down, until the clumps smooth out and mixture becomes almost homogeneous. Let sit for five minutes, then scrape and mix again.
If using a food processor:
Add sugar to food processor, using the blade attachment. Drizzle in molasses while pulsing. Pulse until mixture becomes almost homogeneous, stopping to scrape down. Let sit several minutes, then scrape and pulse again.
Bag promptly. If mixture sits out, it can feel dry on the edges; once it’s bagged, it will smooth out.