This time of year, I absolutely love baking. The issue with the marathon baking is that you often run out of ingredients!
One way to stop that is to make sure that you have a good stock before you start. I have a great baking pantry list that can help with that.
One item that I tend to not have on hand is brown sugar. It is expensive about $2.00 for a two-pound bag. Versus less than that for double the size of white sugar. Plus since you only use it for certain recipes, it makes total sense to make it from scratch!
Best part is it only takes two ingredients. White sugar and molasses. Plus it only takes a few minutes to make. It is simple enough and tastes amazing.
Homemade Brown Sugar (light or dark)
- White sugar
- Stand mixer or hand-held mixer
- Measure out 2 cups of white sugar into the mixer or bowl. I found that this much works best in the stand mixer. You can cut this in half if you wish.
- Measure 2 tablespoons of molasses (a little less if all you have is black strap) for light brown sugar and 4 table spoons of molasses (a little less if all you have is black strap) for dark brown sugar.
- Put the paddle with the swiper/spatula on if you are using the stand mixer.
- Put mixer on stir or low for a hand mixer.
- Let mix until fully incorporated. Takes about 5 minutes in the stand mixer and a little longer with the hand-held.
- That is it. All done! put your brown sugar into your recipe and the rest in an air tight container. If it gets hard add a marshmallow or piece of bread before you need it to soften it up.