Sugar substitutes are mostly junk, here’s what I’m cooking with ….
Turbinado sugar is an unrefined sugar made from sugar cane extract. To produce it, freshly cut sugar cane is crushed to squeeze out its juice. The juice is then evaporated and spun in a centrifuge, or turbine – hence the name – where the characteristic large crystals are born. This process keeps the sugar cane together from start to finish, so in the end, many of vitamins and minerals and natural molasses flavor it contains stay put.
Turbinado sugar is sometimes compared to brown sugar because of its light bronze color and rich coating of sweet molasses. Like brown sugar, it also tends to hold more moisture – which means moister baked goods for you! But whereas turbinado sugar’s golden hue and molasses layer are naturally occurring, brown sugar’s are…man-made! Brown sugar is actually just refined white sugar that has color and flavor added back to it. Sneaky.
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