Brown Sugar. It’s such a versatile sweetener and when used in even the simplest ways, it brings out the flavor in everyday foods. We’ve gathered some brown sugar hacks from our 1957 Alice in Brown Sugarland and 1959 Icings, Frostings and Cake Decorating Made Easy vintage cookbooks to make your snack and meal time quick, easy and full of sweet goodness.
- Bread n’ Butter n’ Brown Sugar – A quick snack so sweet, children sometimes prefer it to cookies or cake for dessert.
- Brighten Breakfast Cereal – Sprinkle Imperial Brown Sugar generously over piping hot cereal…or, crunchy, cold cereal. Children will scrape the bowl and ask for more.
- Glamour Glaze for baked ham – Mix together 1 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon dry mustard and enough orange juice or pineapple juice to moisten. Or combine 3/4 cup Imperial Brown Sugar with 3/4 cup crushed pineapple. About 30 minutes before end of baking, trim off rind from ham, spread with glaze and return to oven.
- Bananas n’ Cream n’ Brown Sugar – For each serving, slice a ripe banana into a pretty dish; sprinkle generously with Imperial Brown Sugar and cover with a cream or half and half. Brown sugar brings out the full flavor of bananas. A good breakfast idea.
- Tastier Toast – Blend Imperial Brown Sugar, butter and a dash of cinnamon. Spread on toast; place under broiler until topping is lightly brown and bubbly. For caramel nut toast, add chopped nuts to mixture.
- Lunch Box Special – Mix equal amounts of peanut butter and Imperial Brown Sugar. Spread on buttered bread as thick as you please. A grand sandwich for the younger set.
- Sweet biscuits – Tender, flaky hot biscuits are even better with sweet centers. Just press each biscuit with your thumb to make a tiny well. Brush tops with milk and fill well with Imperial Brown Sugar. Bake as usual. They come from the oven golden brown with sweet centers.
- Apples Today – Try this new way to serve the apple-a-day. Halve, core, but do not peel, 6 medium Granny Smith apples. Place cut side up in baking dish. Fill center of each with Imperial Brown Sugar. Top with 1/2 slice pineapple; sprinkle with cinnamon. Pour 1/2 cup pineapple juice into bottom of dish. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 1 1/2 hours.
- Peach Perfection – For a quick, easy dessert with a gourmet touch, serve well-drained, canned peach halves this way. Just before serving, dot peach halves with butter, sprinkle lightly with Imperial Brown Sugar and broil 5 minutes or until brown.
- Want a frosting in a hurry? Just let a 9x13x1 1/2 inch cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then spread with 1/4 cup soft butter. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup each, Imperial Brown Sugar and chopped pecans. Place under broiler – low heat – until bubbly and lightly browned.
- When the family coaxes for a “really good” syrup for pancakes and waffles, make Brown Sugar Syrup. Just combine 1 pound Imperial Brown Sugar, 1 cup water and a dash of salt. Stir and heat over medium heat until mixture boils. Cover pan and boil slowly for 10 minutes. If someone insists on maple flavored syrup, just add a few drops maple flavoring.
In addition to the brown sugar hacks above, brown sugar is also delicious when used in recipes you can find on our website. We’ve highlighted some of our favorites below.
Brown Sugar Brownies: Love the taste of brown sugar? Then you are going to love these Brown Sugar Brownies. They have the consistency of a traditional brownie with a caramel, melt in your mouth flavor.
Brown Butter Bourbon Spice Cookies: A nutty butter flavor intertwines with bourbon and sweetly spicy brown sugar in this delicious cookie recipe. This is one you make when you want to impress.
Brown Sugar Pound Cake: The addition of brown sugar to this classic pound cake recipe gives it a rich, caramel-like flavor. It’s a hit at potlucks, holidays , or any day you are looking to satisfy that sweet craving.
To learn more about the difference between light and dark brown sugar, check out our previous blog post. You can learn more about light brown sugar and dark brown sugar on our website in the Sugar 101 section.
What are your favorite brown sugar hacks? Share your favorite brown sugar hacks in the comments section.