India Tree Dark Muscovado Sugar
Conventional brown sugar is simply white, refined sugar moistened with molasses. On the other hand, raw muscovado sugar has a rich, earthy and almost smoky flavor, as well as a high molasses content. India Tree’s moist-textured variety, processed in Mauritius, can be substituted for dark brown sugar in any recipe (we tested this) or used to add extra flavor to coffee, tea or cocktails (perfect in an Old Fashioned).
Just Panela Granulated Panela Sugar
Here at Milk Street we have rediscovered more flavorful pantry items including flours, vinegars, oils, and salts. At the top of our list, however, is sugar. This raw, unrefined sugar from Colombia packs a complex, earthy flavor that’s terrific in everything from tea, coffee and cocktails to oatmeal or grapefruit. The bittersweet flavor also does well in savory applications, like a pot of Mexican beans or tomato-based pasta sauces. It will become your sugar bowl standard.
Pure Indian Foods 1.1 Pounds Organic Jaggery
Organic jaggery is a raw, unprocessed Indian sugar produced from unfiltered sugarcane juice. We love this one from Pure Indian Foods for its deep, earthy flavor—reminiscent of maple and caramel—and its moist, almost creamy, yet crumbly texture. The family-owned company traces its roots to 1889 in northern India and sources pantry staples have a complexity and authenticity that just can’t be imitated. Use jaggery as an all-purpose sweetener; it pairs well with warm spices like cinnamon, allspice and cardamom or with anything coconut or citrus.
Lars Pearl Sugar
Lars’ Own Swedish pearl sugar is a hard, crystalline garnishing sugar ideal for sprinkling over a broad array of baked goods. It won’t melt in the oven but rather remains crisp and white to provide textural and visual contrast. It’s an essential touch on Sweden’s famous cardamom buns, kardemummabullar, and can be used similar for all manner of sweet breads and buns—just brush with egg white and top with pearl sugar before baking. For crunchy texture, we like it dusted over muffins, bread pudding, and desserts such as our Marmalade Bundt Cake with Crystallized Ginger. Pearl sugar is also great for visual contrast on our Brazilian Chocolate Fudge Candies (Brigadeiros).