Digestive Health Kitchen Hacks

COVID-19: Can I use granulated sugar instead of caster sugar?

If you’re reading this you are probably thinking about baking something scrumptious for after dinner. Because why wouldn’t you? There isn’t much else to do.

Nevertheless, it’s a great time to make like Aunt Jemima and get baking. Well, that is, if you can get the ingredients.

Here’s what you should do if you run out of caster sugar.

Swap with granulated sugar

Yep, you can use granulated sugar as a direct replacement for caster sugar in baking. The main difference between the two is that granulated sugar is slightly coarser with large crystals, meaning it takes longer to dissolve in liquids.

Related: What can I use if I don’t have brown sugar?

While using granulated sugar won’t affect the flavour of your bake, it might make foods denser. If you’re opting to make a light sponge, for instance, definitely consider waiting for caster sugar or making your own (below).

Make your own caster sugar

Sounds very pilgrim-y but making your own caster sugar is much easier than you might think. Simply grind granulated sugar down in a food processor until the crystals become smaller and finer.

So now you know what your key caster sugar alternatives are, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get baking!


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