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brown sugar emergency

ndl May 9, 2007 07:23 PM

i'm making banana bread and just realized i don't have light brown sugar. do you think i could use demamara? thanks for any advice!

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    bite bite RE: ndl May 9, 2007 07:36 PM

    That would be fine. Slightly richer taste -- which sounds yummy. The otehr alternative is to mix some molasses in with white sugar.

    1. QueenB RE: ndl May 9, 2007 07:36 PM

      Yes, I believe you can sub in demerara sugar, which will give you the same taste, but not the moisture. You can also combine white sugar and molasses (about a 6:1 ratio) for a better brown sugar substitute.

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        dietfoodie RE: QueenB May 9, 2007 08:08 PM

        I've done this (molasses plus white sugar) -- don't remember the exact proportions, but it was an easy google -- and it worked just fine.

      2. ndl RE: ndl May 9, 2007 08:00 PM

        thanks guys!! i'll report back.

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          slowfoodgrrl RE: ndl May 9, 2007 09:10 PM

          Your post reminds me of a banana bread recipe I want to try that specifically calls for demerara sugar. In case this emergency happens again (or on purpose!):

          http://orangette.blogspot.com/2007/02...

          1. ndl RE: ndl May 10, 2007 09:21 AM

            so, i did a combination on 1/2 demerara and 1/2 granulated sugar with molasses (i just eye-balled it) and the banana bread turned out great. maybe if i did a side-by-side taste test i could tell the difference, but i'm happy. the funniest part? right after i mixed everything up, i found the brown sugar in my cabinet! oy. by the way, this recipe is "easy banana walnut bread" from the kng arthur flour whole grain book. it has only whole wheat flour and it is delicious. thanks again for quick responses!

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              dietfoodie RE: ndl May 10, 2007 10:10 AM

              I'm so glad to hear that! I'm still waiting for a good sale to get that cookbook, and I love hearing about the recipes and their deliciousness! By the way, was it a 'bread' style banana bread, or a 'cake' style? (I grew up with bread-style, but around here, "banana bread" means "banana pound cake".)

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                ndl RE: dietfoodie May 10, 2007 08:16 PM

                i think it would be a cake style. it was definitely a batter, not a dough. i've used the book a lot, mostly for scones and muffins, since i need breakfast i can grab in the morning, and everything has been really good. i made my my mom it for me for christmas...

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              Old Spice RE: ndl May 10, 2007 08:34 PM

              For future reference: 1 cup white sugar mixed with 2 Tablespoons molasses = brown sugar. Needed brown sugar recently and the cupboard was bare of it...a quick google yielded the info, which I vaguely remembered from Home Ec class back in the dark ages!

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