On Homemade Brown Sugar

Homemade Brown Sugar
In much the same way that I cannot drink an Americano without thinking of this song, here I find myself unable to communicate how awesome it is to make your own brown sugar without being reminded of this horribly offensive tune. The minute I discovered Joy the Baker’s prescription for this household staple, Mick Jagger popped into my head…and stayed there until I had finished fully incorporating the ingredients. My education at one of the top public liberal arts colleges shames me for this, and I know in my heart of hearts that this is rightfully so.

One redeeming factor about this entire experience, though, is the fact that my dance moves strongly resemble Mick Jagger’s. Friends, there is a reason that all my Facebook photos are set to private, and that is because, at every single party I attended in college, I would eventually be found off by myself beneath the stars and the palm trees busting out moves like a pro. And when I say “every single party,” I seriously mean, “every single party.” To those of you who were there to witness this, you’re welcome.

Offensive song aside, there are at least several good things I encountered while making brown sugar, including, but not limited to:

the fact that I no longer have to waste money buying two kinds of sugar because I can use one to make the other at home now, the fact that it is SO EASY to make this recipe, and finally, the fact that, after struggling at first to comprehend how Joy’s combination of sticky, goopy molasses might even begin to mix into granulated sugar, I now trust her endlessly. See? Good things! And dance moves! And sweets! Try this. You will never rely on the grocery store for brown sugar ever again.

One Year: Toasty Coconut Granola.

Homemade Brown Sugar
Recipe from Joy the Baker
Yields 1 cup
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp molasses

In a bowl, combine sugar and molasses. Use a mixer or a fork to mash and stir the molasses into the sugar. If you find yourself questioning if it’s going to work, please know you’re almost there. Keep mixing and mashing until the molasses is completely incorporated, then use in whatever recipe your heart desires! Keep in an airtight container.

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