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Substituting Granulated Brown Sugar for Plain Brown Sugar

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Q.† If a recipe calls for packed brown sugar, can I substitute granulated brown sugar and if so how would I measure granulated brown sugar to equal , say, a half cup of packed brown sugar?

A.†Youíll have to use your judgment, but we would say donít. The folks at Domino Sugar say you can substitute their "Brownulated" light brown sugar measure for measure with regular brown sugar in recipes, but — and itís a huge but — because the moisture content is different it will produce "differences in texture as compared to recipes made with regular brown sugar."†

If that unknown isnít enough of a deterrent, Sharon Tyler Herbst, author of The New Food Loverís Companion (Canada, UK) flat out says don't do it.

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