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Homemade Burnt Sugar Syrup

Homemade Burnt Sugar Syrup



Recently I was met with a new challenge. I was asked by a friend from Trinidad to make a Black Cake. Since I had never heard of this cake before I was excited to learn more. This Caribbean cake calls for an ingredient known as Burnt Sugar Syrup. While I’m always up for a hunt when I need a certain something for a recipe, I kept batting zero on my search for Burnt Sugar Syrup. I don’t know how many little markets I called when finally one sweet lady told me I wasn’t going to find it in the area. I told her I know–I’ve been looking!  She then asked why don’t I just make it and assured me it was easy to do. At first, I was scared thinking–how will I know how much to burn it?  Well, the truth is you don’t burn it. All your really doing is “melting” the sugar and by doing that, the most amazing smokiness comes out of the sugar. It’s almost like a molasses. I honestly couldn’t keep my nose out of the jar. I kept going back and sneaking another whiff. Mmm!  Now that I have a new friend in Burnt Sugar Syrup, I can’t wait to use it in all kinds of recipes.



Homemade Burnt Sugar Syrup

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup hot water

  1. Heat brown sugar over low heat until melted; Resist from stirring too much.
  2. Remove from heat and slowly add hot water (splatters some but will calm down)
  3. Stir together well.
  4. Return pan to heat and continue cooking another 5 minutes over low heat.
  5. Syrup will be thin when hot and thickens as it cools.
  6. Remove from heat; set aside to cool.
  7. Store in refrigerator in covered container.

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