Unlike brown sugar, muscovado sugar is less refined sugar and it retains much of its molasses content. The amount of the molasses determines its color, light or dark. The darker the color, the more molasses it contains. It is moist in texture and coffee like color.
It is used in confectionaries like cookies, cake, candies and also used in savoury dishes.
How it is prepared???? It is made by extracting the juice of sugar cane and lime and cooking the mix to evaporate the liquid then cooling to form sugar crystals. The brown syrupy liquid remaining during cooking remains in the final product and gives sand-like texture.
It’s flavour is like a combination of toffee like flavour and bitter taste afterwards. Light variety of muscovado sugar is also available in the market.
Popular dishes uses muscovado sugar –
- Chocolate baked goods- used in cookies
- Coffee- Stir into coffee for complex taste which goes well with beverage bitter taste.
- Gingerbread- Swap brown sugar with muscovado sugar to get that strong flavour of molasses.
- Ice Cream – add into ice cream to get bitter caramelized taste.
- Popcorn – Toss warm popcorn with butter and muscovado to get salty-smoky-sweet taste.
Storage – Muscovado sugar should be stored in an airtight container. Place a warm moist cloth on it overnight,it will retain its moisture and it will soften and ready to use.
Suitable substitutes – Since it is unrefined sugar, it can be substitute with jaggery, panela and kokutu in equal quantities.
Next best substitute is brown sugar due to finer texture,less molasses content and milder taste.
Granulated white sugar is the worst substitute as they lack molasses.
Benefits of using muscovado sugar –
- Rich in antioxidants which prevent damage to cells.
- Help in preventing heart disease and diabetes.
- Slightly more nutritious than white sugar but confined to limited amounts.