Granulated sugar is also referred to as white sugar or table sugar, it’s so common you probably have some in your kitchen right now!
What is granulated sugar?
Granulated sugar is a white colour, this means all of the natural molasses has been removed. It is very commonly used for baking. The granules are fine and it flows making it easily measured and added to food. If you are looking for something sweet we use granulated sugar in our cookie recipe you should definitely give it a try!
Converting granulated sugar
Caster sugar is the same as granulated sugar but finer. Simply add some granulated sugar to a food processor and blitz for 2 minutes!
To make icing sugar the process is the same but you will need to add some cornflour and process for about 4 minutes longer (6 minutes in total). This is a great trick if you have no time to run to the shops!
If for some strange reason you can’t find granulated sugar, cane sugar is a very close alternative.
The conversion is 200 grams of granulated sugar is equal to 1 US cup
Different types of sugar
As mentioned before, granulated sugar is the most widely used sugar on the market but there are plenty of other sugars available. Each variety has different qualities and therefore produce different results, this is especially important to bear in mind when baking!
- Dark Brown and Light Brown – these two are made in very similar ways, they are both refined sugar which has molasses added back in after the refining process. They both have a wet, sandy texture and a gentle flavour. Dark brown sugar has more molasses added so it has a stronger taste.
- Muscovado Sugar – Comes in light and dark varieties as well but in this case, is unrefined. This makes it the consistency heavy and sticky because of its high molasses content.
- Sanding Sugar – Has large crystals which are slightly glittery. They are a decorative sugar and they come in an array of different colours.
- Pearl Sugar – Pearl sugar is a coarse and hard sugar used for decorating. It is completely opaque and as its name suggests, it looks like little pearls of sugar.
- Demerara Sugar and Turbinado Sugar – both of these are minimally refined raw cane sugar. Demerara has large grains with an amber colour. Turbinado sugar large, medium-brown crystals, and has a slight caramel flavour.