Baking 101 Beyond the Kitchen

A Story of How to Make Brown Sugar From Scratch

Sometimes… and tell me if you can relate to this, I feel like I literally do not know how to be a person in the world.  I hate to use the world literally hyperbolically but I think the word might actually have a place here.  Save for my lungs that breathe and heart that beats thankfully on their own, I feel like I do not know how to be a thinking feeling person at times like these..  I don’t know what to do with the feelings that we’re tasked to feel when things seems so heavy and cruel.  I just deeply like… do not know.    

In times like these I’m glad that there are a few things my heart and my head know how to do with minimal emotional effort but end with a deeply satisfying reward.  Things like, stirring a pot of pasta for dinner, setting butter out for chocolate chip cookies, slicing carrots for soup, crumbling streusel for cake.   

Cooking is more than just… I dunno… those overhead videos of rainbow cakes we all watch on Facebook these days.  It’s deep.  It’s tangible proof of our resourcefulness, of desires and hope, of know-how and execution.  All for good.  

Proof of that resourcefulness is here – right in front of our faces with two very simple ingredients.  Granulated sugar and molasses.  Proof that we can always make it work.  + cookies.  

How To Make Brown Sugar:

By now you’ve checked the pantry three times looking for a stray box of brown sugar.  Sure, positive, cautiously confident, welp… actually not so certain at all that you remembered to buy a box at the store the time before last.  

There’s no brown sugar.  This much we know is try.  

While you’re in the pantry, set your despair aside and reach for the granulated sugar and the molasses.  The good news is, things in this realm are going to be fine.  You’ve got know-how.

Measure out 2 cups of granulated sugar.  If you need more brown sugar for your particular recipe, well… measure out what you need.

Place the granulated sugar in a medium bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of molasses.  If you’d like a darker, richer brown sugar – add 1 tablespoon more.  

Use the back of a spoon to work the molasses into the sugar.  It will feel gloopy and awkward at first but I promise the mixture will come together. 

Keep mixing.  Don’t loose faith.  

Once the mixture starts to come together, you might want to use your fingers to gently ease any lumps of molasses into the sugar. 

As in all things, do your best.  

And… after a few minutes – you’ll have brown sugar.  Lightly pack it into a measuring cup just as you would a store-bought brown sugar.  Consider making The Best Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.  

Feel content.  One problem, solved. 

Other ways in which we are resourceful, capable, thriving people: 

•  Well-equipped:  How To Choose The Right Whisk 

•  Life skill:  How To Frost a Cake

•  Thoughtful and conscious:  How To Make Vegan Eggs

Be good this day.

xo Joy