Using turbinado or demerara sugar as a substitute for granulated sugar in baked goods

I've been on a turbinado kick lately, especially after using it in several recipes off this site (e.g., Merrill's strawberry-rhubarb compote and Amanda's raspberry swamp pie). I like the idea of swapping granulated sugar with turbinado in certain baked goods for more flavor. Can you make a one to one substitution? Do you need to grind it first to make the crystals smaller?

  • Posted by: EmilyC
  • July 29, 2011


Amanda H. July 30, 2011
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susan G. July 29, 2011
If you want to make something where butter and sugar are creamed, the large size of the crystals gives a result which isn't the intended one! I've done it, and while it didn't ruin the outcome, it wasn't a light and fluffy mass.
boulangere July 29, 2011
It's going to have a bit of molasses in it, though certainly less than true brown sugar, so when you bake with it, maybe add a pinch of baking soda to balance the acid. As for the size of the crystals, I wouldn't worry about it.
EmilyC July 29, 2011
Should've done my foodpickle research first: turns out AJ asked a similar question a year ago and Amanda answered it:
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