Good morning! Here's an idea: why not be like Dice215 and make mascarpone-stuffed French toast over the weekend?French toast made from Challah bread stuffed with mascarpone cheese and topped with warm brown sugar banana sauce.
It's a cozy weekend afternoon, and you're baking brown sugar caramel frosted cupcakes. You reach for the brown sugar and suddenly realize that it's become so hard there's no way you can possibly use it. Why is it, you wonder, that brown sugar hardens?
Brown sugar is refined white sugar with anywhere from 3.5 to 6.5 percent molasses syrup, which is a sweet, viscous byproduct of sugarcane or beet sugar. This means brown sugar contains more moisture than conventional sugar. When a package is opened and exposed to air over time, its moisture will evaporate, and the sugar will harden, forming dense clusters.
Brand-new brown sugar won't likely be hard. Once opened, properly store brown sugar by placing it in the refrigerator or freezer in an airtight plastic container. If it's too late and your brown sugar's already clumpy, there are various methods to soften it quickly.
Love pecan pie, but tired of making the same old Thanksgiving dessert? Then bake these brown-sugar-pecan cupcakes with caramel frosting instead! Seriously, these cupcakes are the best dessert I've tasted in weeks.
The fluffy batter is rich, but light with a distinct browned-butter flavor. Although it requires a little time to make, the caramel frosting is absolutely to die for. It's smooth and creamy with a sweet taste similar to caramel candies. The pecans tie the elements together and provide a breakfast-like texture to the cakes.
When I served these at a recent dinner party, I was shocked at how good they tasted. Everyone was simultaneously saying, "mmmm" and "these are amazing." You simply must make these delicious cupcakes. Get the recipe after the break.
I'm a fan of trying out new recipes on Thanksgiving, but I always like to serve some sort of pumpkin dessert. It doesn't matter if it's pie, cookies, or ice cream — as long as it's pumpkiny. To finish a meal that is full of vibrant colors and bold flavors, I would offer guests a spirited twist on the classic crème brûlée. Pumpkin puree and brown sugar make this smooth and creamy treat perfect for turkey day.
Crème brûlée is also great because you can get people up and moving after the big meal: invite everyone to sugar and blow torch their own crème brûlée! To get this recipe, which can be prepared in advance, read more
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Make midweek meals more exciting by using ingredients that take your family on a culinary vacation. Unlike other exotic recipes, this one utilizes familiar, everyday components like brown sugar and soy sauce. You'll travel to the tropical paradise of Hawaii with this simple chicken dinner. The chicken is seared and topped with a flavorful pineapple sauce. To find the recipe please read more
Ever go to make cookies only to find that your brown sugar is as hard as a rock? It's happened to everyone and it can easily be avoided. Soak a small clay disk in water for a half an hour before placing inside the box of brown sugar. Nested into the sugar, the disk keeps the sugar from hardening. I was skeptical at first, but then I witnessed the magic of the clay disk in person. I was baking at the vacation house and had to borrow sugar from my mom's friend. She brought it over and I asked if she had just purchased the sugar because it was so soft (and I knew it couldn't have been that soft sitting in her cabin). That's when she pulled the little clay disk out and held up an amazing little known kitchen gadget. Try it and let me know if it works!