Muscovado sugar is a type of unrefined sugar with a high molasses content. The molasses content gives muscovado sugar a fantastically rich flavour. It can come in both dark and light varieties.
Dark muscovado sugar
Due to its high molasses content dark muscovado sugar is a sticky and moist sugar, Unlike refined sugar, it doesn’t flow freely. It works really well in brownies because it gives them a wonderful dense texture and rich taste.
Light muscovado sugar
Light muscovado has a similar texture to dark muscovado sugar but because of its lower molasses content it is much less sticky and its taste is more refined. Soft brown sugar can be used as a substitute as it has a similar texture and molasses content. Soft brown sugar has a more delicate, caramel-like flavour.
Uses of muscovado sugar
Muscovado is used in both sweet and savoury recipes. It is fantastic is chutneys, cakes, dipping sauces and marinades for meat and vegetables. You can also mix it with some melted butter and drizzle it on top of some popcorn the next time you have a movie night.
We use muscovado sugar in our cookie recipe, as it gives them a sumptuous, soft chewy texture. The molasses also creates a great depth of flavour in the dough, even before you start adding other flavours.
Muscovado sugar contains 380 calories per 100 grams.