March 3, 2014 by BettyCupcakes
See what I did there? Rocks?! Get it? Because turbinado sugar is little rock crystals of sweetness…I know, I’m hilarious.
To say that I have a sweet tooth would be an understatement. Though I’m trying to limit my sugar intake these days to special treats (hello there, Kit Kat Cake!) (and the occasional teaspoon in my coffee), my newfound love of turbinado sugar tempts me daily. My days are long and the tantrums are loud.
I was introduced to turbinado sugar by The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl and Griffin Day. Determined to recreate their recipes exactly as they are written, I bought my first package of the hard stuff.
Sure, I’d seen it mentioned in other recipes, but I always skipped over it. Specialty sugar? Surely you must be kidding. Isn’t all sugar created equally?
Clearly, I was wrong- dead wrong. Here are my top three reasons why turbinado sugar rocks.
1. It makes baked goods glamorous. These Mocha Oatmeal Muffins look like they’ve been touched by fairy dust.
2. You cannot beat it’s caramelized crunch. Recently, I made monkey bread using the bread dough from the Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread in 5 Minutes and turbinado sugar. Cue the Hallelujah chorus! Some of the sugar turned into sticky caramel and other pieces were just downright crunch-tastic. It’s truly a miracle that I did not eat the entire bundt pan of monkey bread alone in one sitting. See above photo for monkey bread magic. (Darn you, family, for making me share!)
3. Rich, deep flavor. I even use turbinado sugar in my coffee. The caramel notes really add the perfect balanced sweetness to a cup of espresso roast coffee.
Note: Unfortunately, you cannot substitute turbinado sugar for regular sugar in all recipes. It’s shape and composition change the chemistry of the recipe. Experiment with care!
How do you add sweetness to your day?