Demerara sugar is a minimally refined raw cane sugar, it has large granules and a light amber colour. It can also be sold in sugar cubes. It originates from Guyana (a former colony called Demerara). It is quite a common variety of sugar so you will be able to find it in most supermarkets. The sugar crystals are large but it dissolves easily so you can stir it into coffee. In baking, demerara is best used to add an extra crunch to baked good like flapjacks, cookies and crumble recipes!
Demerara referred to as a partially refined sugar. This means that it is created from the first crystallization of the cane juices.
There are about 396 calories in 100 grams of demerara sugar.
Substitutes for demerara sugar
- Turbinado sugar – Is very similar to demerara sugar but has a light caramel flavour
- Light brown sugar – light brown sugar has a similar molasses content but unlike demerara sugar, it is a fully refined sugar. This means that molasses has been added back in after the refining process.