Also Known as
Caster Sugar, Superfine Sugar
What is Castor Sugar?
Castor sugar is raw cane sugar with a fine free flowing texture and a light golden colour. It is different from standard sugar because of the light presence of molasses, which adds a delicious flavour and aroma. Much like regular table sugar, caster sugar can come in both refined and unrefined forms.
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. It is also used in juices and cocktails. It is available readily in grocery stores. If castor sugar cannot be obtained, it can be replaced with standard sugar, partially ground in a mixer.
How to Select castor sugar
• Castor sugar is available in both refined and unrefined forms. Choose the appropriate one as desired.
• Check the packaging date and ensure that it is dry and has no moisture
• To ensure freshness, check for free movement and dry granules.
Culinary Uses of castor sugar
Castor Sugar Recipes for Desserts
As we know, castor sugar is used mainly for desserts as it dissolves easily and creams well. There are so many types of desserts that can be made with this amazing ingredient.
1. Banana Chocolate Loaf is one such amazing recipe that will blow your mind. The soft sponginess of the cake with a hint of banana flavor is something you have to experience!
2. Another recipe where castor sugar works fantastic is Chocolate Chip Cookies. It is because of this sugar that there is a certain chewiness to the cookies!
3. Instead of using it in recipes, you can use this ON certain dishes! Combine castor sugar with cocoa powder, cinnamon and coffee powder and dip warm Cappuccino Doughnuts in them. These treats will be loved by kids and adults alike and you wouldn’t even mind eating it for breakfast!
4. Due to the fine grind of the sugar, it makes an ideal ingredient for the ever popular Crème Brulée. The ingredients are all combined together to make a pudding which is then topped with delicious sugar which is then caramelized.
Cakes using castor sugar
Castor sugar works the best in cakes, as it melts and mixes really well in the mixture. Try the below recipes and enjoy.
1. Eggless Marble Cake a lusciously spongy cake with the rich and delicious aroma of condensed milk and vanilla, laced with portions of intense dark chocolate cake.
2. Fatless Sponge Cake aesthetic flavour and melt-in-the-mouth texture, the vanilla sponge cake lends itself to many fantastic creations.
3. Orange Raisins Muffin deliciously soft muffins with a tangy orange flavour, dotted with soft sweet raisins, orange raisin muffins make a sumptuous treat for your kids.
Ideal for baking, particularly sponge cakes.
• Also used to sweeten beverages as it dissolves quickly.
• Bar tenders often use caster sugar in mixed drinks or cocktails, since it does not create a layer of thick syrup or crystals.
• Because of its fineness, it dissolves more quickly than regular white sugar, and is especially useful in meringues and cold liquids.
How to Store castor sugar
• Keep in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year.
• Once opened, store in an airtight container to prevent the sugar from going hard or damp.