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Jul 6, 2008 03:59 PM

Muscovado sugar in Montreal?

Anyone know where to find this? I got confused in the store and accidentally bought Demerara and Turbinado, but apparently these are not the same...the recipe calls for Muscovado which is darker (not to mention harder to find!) :-)

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I'm trying to rack my brain as to where I saw some...It *might* have been Gourmet Laurier on Laurier St. I don't want to send you on a wild goose chase though. You could call them first. I've brought it back from the UK in the past, much easier to find there.

    1. Have you checked Akhavan (Sherbrooke W. & Grand in NDG, with another location in Pierrefonds) - they have a huge array of sugars. I can look for this specifically next time I'm there, or you could give them a call if this isn't your 'hood.

      1. Did you ever find your muscovado sugar? I looked today at Akhavan, but alas they had none. They did have demarara and pure cane sugar, and an interesting assortment of cubed white sugars, among other sweet things, but no muscovado. (Just out of curiosity, what did/will you use it for?)

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        1. re: kpzoo

          Sheesh, would you believe that tonight I made the same mistake yet again? I was at the Loblaw's on Jean Talon & Parc and spotted a bag of super-dark sugar lurking on a bottom shelf in the baking aisle - quite a bit darker than the two kinds I'd previously bought, almost like cocoa. It was labeled Demerara and I got so excited thinking I'd finally found it...! So dumb I have to laugh.

          The muscovado is for a recipe I found on Orangette, called Pots of Gold...

          Methinks it's time to give in and just make the damn suckers with what I've got; God knows how else I'm gonna use up this pile of accumulated brown sugar in my kitchen.

          Thanks to Eng Muffin and kpzoo for your suggestions, and for checking at Akhavan...i hadn't had a chance to make it out there yet, so thx for saving me a trip (though i love that place, it's a bit out of the way for me). I'll try to call Gourmet Laurier just to see if they have it, and will post here if they do in case someone references this thread in the future.

          1. re: anachemia

            From what I've read about Muscovado, using anything else will influence the texture and the taste. Because of the high molasses content and the things added to it, I don't think you can substitute one for the other in a recipe.

            Now, that's not to say it will ruin the recipe, it just won't turn out quite the same way.

            Good luck, and let us know how it turns out.

            1. re: anachemia

              I was walking on Bernard and Laurier today and went into both 5 Seasons & Gourmet Laurier, alas no muscovado at either place...
              If I have room in my suitcase, I could bring a small packet over from the UK, as I'll probably be bringing myself some too. I leave next Monday and I'll be back on the 11th August, let me know!

              1. re: english muffin

                Hey, that's a hell of an idea, given that I leave for the UK on Saturday meself...thanks for the tip!! :-)

                Any idea where to look out there? (sorry in advance if this spawns a slight deviation from the Montreal-centric nature of this forum...)

                1. re: anachemia

                  Any of the big supermarket chains will sell it eg Tescos or Sainsbury's(
                  Have a good trip!

                  1. re: english muffin

                    My god, you were so right - it's everywhere out here! Many thanks. (And sorry we're not so lucky back home...)

                    1. re: anachemia

                      I too am looking for muscovado. Are you still in Britain? I would love to buy some from you or anyone else who may be planning a trip!!

                      Please let me know! Thanks.

          2. FWIW, we were at Les Infidèles last weekend and they served our coffee with what looked an awful lot like moscovado sugar. I didn't ask, but I would bet money that it was. So it's out there somewhere.

            1. Not 100% sure, but I believe I've seen it at PA on Parc.

              Also: this is my answer to a surprising number of questions (where to find bulk malt extract, where to find bulk raw grains), but once again it might be worth checking out brewing supply stores. Home brewers like to experiment with various sugars, and muscovado probably appears in more than a few recipes. I wouldn't be surprised to see it at a place such as La Chope à Barrock (4709 St-Dominique, 514 282-9553).