Make Brown Sugar: Budget Grocery Tip

Brown sugar is a staple in many baking recipes, but did you know you can make it yourself at home? It’s quick, easy and more natural to make your own brown sugar, using ingredients most likely already in your pantry.

You’ll need:

1 cup white sugar
1-2 Tbsp. molasses (1 Tbsp. for light brown sugar and 2 Tbsp. for dark brown sugar)

To make:
Dump into a food processor or a medium mixing bowl and mix. If you are mixing by hand, use a pastry cutter to break up any bits of molasses and achieve a smooth and uniform brown sugar.

To keep brown sugar from hardening, store in a tightly covered container in a cool, dry place. Adding a piece of bread or an apple slice also helps it from turning hard. If your brown sugar has hardened, a quick zap in the microwave will help to soften it.

Here’s a simple and quick dessert for banana lovers, using brown sugar:

Baked Bananas
You will need:
4 firm slightly ripe bananas
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons melted butter
pinch salt
2-3 Tbsp. brown sugar
To make:
Preheat oven to 375°. Peel bananas and place in a greased baking dish. Drizzle with butter and sprinkle with salt. Spread brown sugar evenly over the bananas and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until bananas are soft.

Serve on a plate, drizzling pan sauce over bananas, or serve in a dish with vanilla ice cream for an extra treat.

Serves 2 to 4.