It's about time to get into more of my dessert stuff here, so I thought I'd start it off with a basic. If you do a deal of baking (or even some stir-fries and soups), you will run into recipes requiring brown sugar. If you do a super great deal of baking you will find yourself frequently running out of brown sugar.
Basic fact: Brown sugar is a bit more expensive than white sugar.
A few years ago I was surprised to read that all brown sugar is made of is white granulated sugar and molasses. Then last winter I ran in to this recipe:
3 cups white sugar
1/8 tablespoon molasses
Mix together thoroughly. This will get you 3 cups of regular golden brown sugar. Need dark brown sugar? Add more molasses. Store in an airtight container.
Tah dah! How easy can you get? Here's a series of pics of my first brown sugar attempt.
Here's the molasses just added to the sugar:
Here's after about a minute of mixing with a wooden spoon:
Here's what I had after about 4 minutes: (There are still a few dark spots, but they were easily mixed in.)
Now we are ready for cookies, puddings, pies...etc.