As a food distributor we come across the different types of sugar daily. From white to cane sugar, here are 7 sugar varieties you should know and how to use them.
1. Granulated Sugar
Granulated Sugar is also known as white table or refined sugar. This is the most common sugar that you would rely upon everyday stirring into your coffee or mixing it up to make baked goods. Because the sugar is made up of fine crystals it makes it easy to measure, sprinkle on foods and dissolve into drinks.
2. Confectioners’ Sugar
Another pantry staple is confectioners’ sugar, also known as powdered and icing sugar. For the consistency of powdered sugar it is finely ground mixed with a small amount of cornstarch to prevent caking.
We often see this type of sugar used in frostings and glazes.
3. Brown Sugar
Brown sugar is white sugar that has molasses added to it.
What is Molasses? It is the thick, dark brown syrup obtained from raw sugar during the refining process, a version of which is used in baking.
The following differences between light and dark refers to the amount of molasses present in the sugar.
Light brown also known as yellow sugar is commonly used more in baking, sauces, and glazes. While as dark brown sugar is used in richers found such as gingerbread because of the rich molasses flavor.
While dark brown sugar has a bit more molasses than light brown, they can be interchangeable in recipes and can be a subtle substitute for caramel or toffee flavors.
4. Sanding Sugar
Sanding sugar can also be called Colored crystals. This sugar is mainly used for decorating. The large crystals are fairly resistant to heat but it also adds extra texture and crunch to cookies. You can find sanding sugar in an array of colors.
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5. Demerara Sugar
Demerara sugar is a large grained sugar that hasn't had all of the molasses refined out. It is considered as a raw sugar as well as its lighter counterpart turbinado sugar.
This sugar is great for tea and coffee as well as to be sprinkled onto baked goods.
6. Muscovado Sugar
Muscovado sugar can also be called Barbados sugar. It is a type of British brown sugar. It is a very dark brown color and has the most molasses out of light and dark brown sugar. The sugar crystals are larger than regular brown sugar and the texture is much stickier. You can use muscovado sugar in sweets with rich flavors.
7. Turbinado Sugar
Turbinado is another type of refined raw cane sugar. It has a delicate caramel flavor that is commonly used to sweeten beverages and can also be used in baking. This sugar has had only the surface molasses washed off.
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