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Old 02-08-2011, 05:00 PM   #1
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Demerara Sugar ??

Can you use Demerara sugar for regular baking? I want to find a more natural sugar (right now we use organic cane sugar, but it's still refined I think), and I keep reading that Demerara is one of the best, natural options.

I'd be using it for baking cookies, in my bread maker etc
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Re: Demerara Sugar ??

I did a little searching and most say it tastes different so you might notice it. One sight said because it is a raw course sugar it can change baking structurally.
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I use this stuff. http://www.sugarintheraw.com/
What's the difference I wonder.
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I use this stuff. http://www.sugarintheraw.com/
What's the difference I wonder.
yours is turbinado sugar. as for the difference is maybe where and how it is harvested? I am not sure the difference other than the name
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yours is turbinado sugar. as for the difference is maybe where and how it is harvested? I am not sure the difference other than the name
I like it a lot! That's all I know. I use it in everything. I don't even buy regular sugar anymore. The pieces are bigger than refined sugar and I think it tastes a little different but not so much that I notice it when I bake/put it in my hot tea/etc. Basically I guess I'm saying if the stuff I get is demerara sugar like then go for it!
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I use it in my granola bars because the recipe called for it, I don't notice any different taste. I really like it.
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Found this---
"Demerara sugar, popular in Britain, and turbinado sugar—both of which are often referred to as “raw sugar” in the United States—are very similar to one another in color and texture. To make them, the molasses-rich crystals are spun in a centrifuge to dry them, as well as to remove excess plant material, leaving a coarse granule that’s lighter brown or tan in color. Edouard Rollet, cofounder of Alter Eco, a fair-trade food imports company that sells sugars, describes Demerara as having a mild molasses flavor. Turbinado, he says, contains hints of honey. Both Demerara and turbinado are good for sweetening coffee and tea."
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I use Demerara for all my sugar "needs", including baking. Works just fine. And yes, turbinado and demerara are basically the same, just slightly different in processing (as pp quoted above).
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