We confess: Despite our best efforts to thoroughly read through a recipe and cross-reference our cabinets before we start cooking, sometimes we're knee-deep when we discover we're missing an essential ingredient. It always seems to happen with brown sugar when baking! The good news is that, if you're in a pinch, you can make your own brown sugar with other pantry ingredients. Here's how:
To make light-brown sugar add about 1 tablespoon of molasses to a cup of sugar. Use 1/4 cup of molasses to make dark-brown sugar. Ready to put this tip to the test? Check out five of our favorite brown-sugar-inflected sweets after the jump.
Spiced Parsnip Cupcakes (above)
Maple Walnut Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting
Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar and Lime
Pork Medallions with Blackberry Chutney
Blondies with Chocolate Chips and Walnuts