A recipe for brown sugar? Yes. Read on.
You know how professional chefs assemble all their cooking ingredients, or "mise en place", BEFORE they begin cooking? There is a good reason for that. Several good reasons. And there is a reason this food blog is called Rookie Cookery, not "professional chef who thinks ahead and prepares properly" Cookery.
So there I was, mixing up Alton Brown's carrot cake recipe, (which I'll feature in the next post), when I realized....."Hey--I don't have enough carrots!" So I ran to the store, bought more carrots, ran home, and resumed mixing the cake.
Then I got to the part where I needed brown sugar.
No brown sugar. Curses! I was about to run to the store again, when I suddenly remembered...."Hey, didn't Alton Brown say on his show that you can make brown sugar simply by adding molasses to regular white sugar?" Since I was using his book "I'm Just Here For More Food; Food x Mixing + Heat=Baking" for the carrot cake recipe, I looked it up....and sure enough, there it was. So I poured a cup of sugar in a food processsor bowl, dribbled on a few spoonfuls of molasses....pulsed the mixer a few times until it looked and tasted like brown sugar....and it worked like a charm!
Here's that recipe again, people:
Alton Brown's Brown Sugar Recipe
granulated white sugar
a few spoonfuls molasses
Directions: Mix well to taste.
There were no amounts mentioned in Alton's book, but even this Rookie was able to figure it out. Thus the cake and the day were saved.
Next: Alton's heavenly carrot cake recipe!