Also Known as
Caster Sugar, Superfine Sugar
A raw cane sugar with a fine free flowing texture and a light golden colour. It is different from standard sugar because the light presence of molasses adds a delicious flavour and aroma, but can be used in place of standard caster sugar. Castor sugar is a fine grind of sugar which is used by bartenders and bakers, among others, for its quick dissolving properties. It is also sometimes seen spelled as castor sugar, and it may be labeled as "superfine sugar" as well. Much like regular table sugar, caster sugar can come in both refined and unrefined forms.
Many grocery suppliers sell caster sugar, which can be replaced in recipes with partly ground conventional sugar if it cannot be obtained. The texture of caster sugar lies somewhere between conventional table sugar and confectioner's sugar. The fine grind makes it ideal for many baking projects, since it dissolves easily and creams readily
How to Select
Castor Sugar is available in both refined and unrefined form. Choose the appropriate one as desired. Check the packaging date and ensure that it is dry and has no moisture. Its free movement and dry granules best tells about its quality and freshness
· Ideal for baking, particularly sponge cakes.
· When bartenders add sugar to mixed drinks, caster sugar is often used since it is less likely to create a layer of undissolved crystals or thick syrup.
· Because of its fineness, it dissolves more quickly than regular white sugar, and so is especially useful in meringues and cold liquids.
· Since caster sugar is very fine textured, it is a good choice as a beverage sweetener as the sugar dissolves quickly in liquid.
· It is also a good sugar to use for making meringues.
How to Store
Keep in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year and once opened store in an airtight container to prevent the sugar from going hard or damp.