It's one kind of sticky mess to get your hands on and into a jar of molasses. It's another kind of sticky mess to realize you've reached the bottom of the jar. But don't throw the last few tablespoons out! A little molasses goes a long way. Here's what to do with it:
- Add it to milk in lieu of chocolate syrup. (Or, just pour milk straight into the molasses jar and shake it up.) It would make for a special egg cream, too.
- QueenSashy and cv both use a bit of molasses to flavor meat—either as a barbecue sauce or a glaze (QueenSashy mixes it with bay leaves, peppercorns, whiskey, and mustard).
- Make a compound butter to slather onto biscuits, drop into just-baked sweet potatoes or hot oatmeal, or spread over toast. Maedl takes a shortcut by spooning molasses onto buttered bread.
- Sweeten buttercream frosting with it. SexyLAMBCHOPx recommends a brown butter-molasses buttercream.
- Swap it for maple syrup or honey as the sweetener in a batch of granola.
- ...Or in a salad dressing. It brings color and depth to a vinaigrette. (Try it with sharp greens and roasted squash!)
- Or stir a spoonful into a pot of beans for a Boston-baked-style twist.
- Drbabs has heard of using molasses as a deep-sweet addition to a vegetarian French onion soup.
- Use it to lend sweetness to a stir-fry.
How do you get to the bottom of a jar of molasses? Share your ways in the comments.