Demerara Sugar Recipes
Claude Said:Can I substitute light muscovado sugar with demerara sugar?
We Answered:the soft browns the one you want, it really makes good cakes, but either will work, demerera will require more beating as its large crystals take longer to break down
Anna Said:what is demerara sugar? is it brown sugar or something different?
We Answered:Demerara sugar is a type of unrefined sugar with a large grain and a pale to golden yellow color. It is suitable for a number of cooking and baking projects, and tends to be very popular as a sweetener for tea and coffee. Many grocers stock demerara sugar along with other specialty sugars, often in small packages for consumers who simply want to experiment with it. It is also ubiquitous in coffee houses, often in single serving packets along with other sweeteners.
The sugar is named after a colony in Guyana, which first began producing and selling the sugar in large volume. The bulk of demerara production now takes place on the island of Mauritius, but the name appears to have endured. It is extracted primarily from sugar cane, rather than sugar beets, and tends to be more expensive than refined sugars as a result. The minimal processing gives demerara sugar a unique flavor and texture.
To make demerara sugar, sugar producers press sugar cane and steam the juice of the first pressing to form thick cane syrup. The cane syrup is allowed to dehydrate, leaving behind large golden brown crystals of sugar. Because demerara sugar is not heavily refined, it has a rich, creamy, molasses-like flavor which enhances baked goods. The large grains also remain crunchy through cooking, which makes demerara sugar a great choice of sprinkled topping on scones and similar dishes which might otherwise have a uniform texture.
Another version of the sugar, known as London demerara, is actually refined sugar with added molasses, rather than raw sugar. London demerara retains the crunchy, big grain of demerara sugar, but the flavor tends to be less complex, and it is not always safe for vegetarians, since bone meal is sometimes used in the refining process.
Although demerara makes an excellent textural addition to recipes, it should not substitute for certain sugars. Recipes which call for confectioner's or caster sugar should not be made with demerara, since the sugar will have a negative impact on the end texture. In addition, the sugar will discolor meringues and other pale, fine foods, and it tends not to make terribly good caramels. If a more molasses like flavor is desired in baked goods without the crunch of demerara sugar, pure molasses can always be added to a recipe, as long as cooks remember to cut down on the sugar so that the dish will not be too sweet.
Megan Said:Demerara sugar vs. brown sugar?
We Answered:They are not the same thing.
Brown sugar is white sugar with molasses added ... it will melt on your duck.
Demerara sugar is a type of unrefined sugar with a large grain and a pale to golden yellow color. It is suitable for a number of cooking and baking projects. Many grocers stock demerara sugar along with other specialty sugars, often in small packages for consumers who simply want to experiment with it.
Antonio Said:Will Demerara sugar and raw sugar have the same effect for candy?
We Answered:Yes, they're pretty much the same thing. Demarara may have more molasses in it (it typically looks darker) but they should perform the same way in candy.
Leonard Said:Is there much difference between demerara sugar and muscovado sugar?
We Answered:for flapjacks, muscavado will be fine. It tends to be stickier and melt down into caramel more easily than demerera but it'll be fine for this purpose