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Old 19.03.2011, 13:11
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Re: Where can I buy brown sugar here?

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Ah ha! I'm glad to see this pop up as I recently was in a "reformhaus" type store and picked up "mascobado" brown sugar.

I made some (peanut butter) cookies with it yesterday and although the flavor and smell is alright, the cookies flattened more than I expected.

Soooo, if you're using it for drinks or whatever, it should be just fine, for cookies though, doesn't seem quite right.
I am going to try my brown sugar today in a Cup Cakes recipe, I'll let you know how it cames out!
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Old 19.03.2011, 13:12
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Re: About Brown Sugar...

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Raw sugar is brown sugar. Or at least one form of it. The bland sanitised stuff is raw sugar refined to white sugar, then the drawn off treacle (molasses) is added back in again in regulated amounts. You can make your own "brown" sugar the same where. Anyone know where you can buy treacle?

Lyles Golden Syrup is made as the treacle is taken from raw sugar during refining. The Golden Syrup they make for the supermarkets is made from refined white sugar with homogenous treacle added.

I used to work for Tate and Lyle Sugars, so I know this stuff.
Yes, but the 'brown sugar' we're talking about in this thread is the stuff Brits, Americans and Malaysians (merely for example) are used to using in baking their cookies, etc.

I have made my own brown sugar using fine white sugar and molasses (Melasse in German) bought in Migros (next to the honey jars). Jack (some posts earlier) gave the recipe and recommends buying better-quality molasses in a Reformhaus (store, not naughty children's home).
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Old 19.03.2011, 14:05
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Anyone know where you can buy treacle
Here you go - scrapings from inside the chimneys of Silvertown:

http://www.britshop.ch/__product/6/3...-Black-Treacle

[P.S. I also couldn't understand the constant noise from the colonials about not finding brown sugar when rohzucker is always available. If they meant the other varieties, such as light/dark soft brown (also available from Britshop), demerara (from T&L @ Britshop - almost the same as rohzucker), muscovado, etc., then they should have specified, instaed of just describing it's colour]
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Old 19.03.2011, 18:43
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I have made my own brown sugar using fine white sugar and molasses (Melasse in German) bought in Migros (next to the honey jars). Jack (some posts earlier) gave the recipe and recommends buying better-quality molasses in a Reformhaus (store, not naughty children's home).
Same here.

I also buy it at the health-food store (Reformhaus), much, much better.

Also, for unsweetened baking chocolate, I use 50% or more dark chocolate, and increase the chocolate/decrease the sugar, works great for cakes and brownies. Just got to figure a way to make chocolate chips!

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Re: Where can I buy brown sugar here?

Ok I did my Cup Cakes.

The frosting recipe include Brown sugar and last week I tried with cassonade and the result was.....

With the brown sugar, it is DIVINE! Absolutely wonderful, the color, the texture, the taste! I am becoming a Cup Cakes expert because of this forum and brown sugar!

So yes, the Brown Sugar on the picture is the Brown sugar we are used to.

Go and buy it!

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Old 03.04.2011, 21:46
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Re: Where can I buy brown sugar here?

We found Domino's Brown Sugar in an American diner somewhere between Solothurn and Zurich.

I understand that this is a good thing.

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Old 03.04.2011, 21:47
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We found Domino's Brown Sugar in an American diner somewhere between Solothurn and Zurich.

I understand that this is a good thing.

Domino's is the thing.
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Domino's is the thing.
30 minutes or less otherwise it's free... wait a sec., wrong Domino's and nothing is free here.
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Re: Where can I buy brown sugar here?

Here you go.

More importantly, they sold Reece's Pieces.

It was like being in America, except for it being very, very Swiss...
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Old 03.04.2011, 22:13
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We found Domino's Brown Sugar in an American diner somewhere between Solothurn and Zurich.

I understand that this is a good thing.

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Re: Where can I buy brown sugar here?

I gave up on looking for Cream of Tartar and bought some in the UK to bring back!

I too am looking for brown sugar in Zurich - Coop and Migros definitely don't sell the brown sugar I am used to in the UK. The tip about making ones own molasses sugar sounds a little ambitious...

I tried the Londonshop link in a previous post but it didn't work. The britshop one did so maybe I'll have a hunt there, although it sounds like it's just simpler to start asking visitors to bring things like brown sugar (and chocolate chips!) etc. with them when they come to visit

Thanks for the advice!
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Old 10.04.2011, 18:36
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Re: Where can I buy brown sugar here?

In romandie it is called 'creme de tartre'. If you Google it + suisse, you'll find a whole list of manufacturers in CH.
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Old 11.04.2011, 09:36
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Re: Where can I buy brown sugar here?

I found ( kandij- cassonade bruin) candico .Brown sugar. At the local landi.
It comes from (candico.be ) .
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Re: Where can I buy brown sugar here?

About Cream of Tartar, I am quite surprised... you do know of course that the ubiquous Poudre à Lever that you can get in any supermarket is made with Cream of Tartar, right?
Normally, doses are 2X Cream of Tartar, 1X baking soda, 1X corn starch.
Now you can easily play substitution, as most of the time Cream of Tartar is used jointly with baking soda.


Note too that the US baking powder is also a similar concoction... sometimes without the cornstarch.

There. Hope this helps...
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Old 11.04.2011, 11:12
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I gave up on looking for Cream of Tartar and bought some in the UK to bring back!

I too am looking for brown sugar in Zurich - Coop and Migros definitely don't sell the brown sugar I am used to in the UK. The tip about making ones own molasses sugar sounds a little ambitious...

I tried the Londonshop link in a previous post but it didn't work. The britshop one did so maybe I'll have a hunt there, although it sounds like it's just simpler to start asking visitors to bring things like brown sugar (and chocolate chips!) etc. with them when they come to visit

Thanks for the advice!
I bought Cream of Tartar in an Apotheke. It's called Weinsteinpulver or Weinsäure in the German-speaking region. About CHF4 for an envelope of it which will last a few years. It works well in whipping eggwhites and stabilising them for chiffon cakes.

The Londonshop in Zug is closed, someone told me just the other day.

P.S. You made me smile - mixing 2 tablespoons of molasses with a cup of white sugar is ambitious?
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Re: Where can I buy brown sugar here?

Cream of Tartar: ask for "Weinsteinsäure" (or Kalium-hydrogen-tartrat if you feel adventurous with pronunciation ). The Löwenapotheke in Bahnhofstrasse Zurich carries it. It's tram stop Rennweg/Augustinergasse, beside Franz Carl Weber toyshop.
I went there before Christmas and asked for it. They didn't have it at that time but since a few people had asked for it before me (apparently, it's used in making a self-made plastillin) the pharmacist ordered it and a week later I could go and get some of it. I think, if enough people ask for it, he will carry a constant supply. So keep up the demand!

Migros "Molasses": Anyone checked the ingredients on the label? It's almost only corn syrup with a few percent of molasses in it. Not really the right stuff to make your own brown sugar. It's great though in a pecan pie recipe that calls for corn syrup. I plan on making my own brown sugar but haven't looked yet for a place that sells 100% molasses (anyone happen to know where in Zurich?) since I still have a (dwindling!) package of the real stuff some very nice person brought me from US.
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Old 18.04.2011, 15:31
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Same here.

I also buy it at the health-food store (Reformhaus), much, much better.

Also, for unsweetened baking chocolate, I use 50% or more dark chocolate, and increase the chocolate/decrease the sugar, works great for cakes and brownies. Just got to figure a way to make chocolate chips!

Tom
If you are ever in Ibach, Schwyz, go to the Felchlin Chocolate store located at their factory. They have smaller chocolate chips that work like a dream and are delicious.
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Old 18.04.2011, 15:47
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Re: Where can I buy brown sugar here?

You can buy brown sugar (both the dark kind or the light kind) at the Jelmoli off of Bahnhofstrasse (downstairs, in the grocery section). And yes, it is the same kind that's used for baking in the US, the UK, etc. I also often sprinkle it on my oatmeal. It's about 5 CHF per box there.

Side note ~ a great way to store brown sugar after the package has already been opened, so that it doesn't get hard and dry out, is to pour it in an air-tight container (like Tupperware), smash it down so it's compact, put a piece of sandwich bread in the container on top of the sugar, put a tight lid on it and then store it in the refrigerator. The moisture from the bread will leak into the sugar, thus keeping the sugar moist (but don't worry, you won't taste the bread at all). And then change-out the piece of bread once per month or so. I've found that this method works incredibly well. Haven't had any dry out on me yet. I also put a piece of sandwich bread in with stored home-made cookies, etc. to keep them from drying out and that works great, too.

Hope this helps someone!
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Old 18.04.2011, 15:56
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I plan on making my own brown sugar but haven't looked yet for a place that sells 100% molasses (anyone happen to know where in Zurich?) since I still have a (dwindling!) package of the real stuff some very nice person brought me from US.
I actually once found some dark, 100% molasses in an apotheke (in the small section they often have for natural foods). I can't remember which particular apotheke I bought mine at, but I have seen it sold in many different apothekes here. Mine came in a tin can that says: "Shwarze Melasse." I had bought it to make my own brown sugar, and it worked okay, but I found it difficult to mix thoroughly. (But now I buy my brown sugar at Jelmoli).
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Old 22.04.2011, 22:36
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Re: Where can I buy brown sugar here?

"Sugar in the Raw" - a brand in the US is turbinado sugar which is technically a type of raw brown sugar
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_brown_sugar

it is not like dominos and doesn't pack. It also doesn't dissolve well in liquids. I have used it in baking with good results but it's not ideal.

I have also used maple syrup and honey as a sugar substitue and it can work but it always gives a honey flavor. macaroons with honey are quite good.

Can you order brown sugar on Amazon.com?
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