brown sugar


Definition of brown sugar

: soft sugar whose crystals are covered by a film of refined dark syrup

Examples of brown sugar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Roasting butternut squash brings out its natural sweetness, and then a bit of brown sugar and maple syrup enhance the flavor even more. Katie Workman, NBC News, "The only roasted butternut squash recipe you need for Thanksgiving and beyond," 24 Nov. 2019 Sprinkle the 1/4 cup of brown sugar over the bottom of the pie shell. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "3 Sweet Potato Pie Recipes By Black Cooks That You Need This Thanksgiving," 21 Nov. 2019 Knocking the butter back to a mere 1/4 cup — less than the original recipe called for — and using less than twice the amount of brown sugar gave me a well-balanced dish that was sweet and spiced but wouldn’t be mistaken for dessert. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Turn back-of-the-package recipes into a memorable Thanksgiving meal with these simple upgrades," 14 Nov. 2019 Place the butter in a medium saucepan and add 1¼ cups (275 grams) of the brown sugar., "Apple Cider Sticky Buns," 31 Oct. 2019 Grind 12 strands of saffron with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar using a mortar and pestle. Nik Sharma,, "Recipe: Shahi tukda elevates a simple bread pudding with cardamom and saffron," 11 Oct. 2019 Add one cup of brown sugar, and stir until the sugar dissolves and forms a syrup. Scientific American, "Make Boba for Bubble Tea," 19 Sep. 2019 Add to the saucepan the brown sugar, vanilla bean, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, star anise and salt. CBS News, "The Dish: Shauna Sever's recipes from the heartland," 26 Oct. 2019 For a slightly sweeter* muffin, add 1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Make these pumpkin maple muffins and catch all the fall feelings," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of brown sugar

1670, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brown sugar was in 1670

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5 Dec 2019

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“Brown sugar.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of brown sugar

: a type of sugar that is brown because it contains a dark syrup (called molasses)

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Kids Definition of brown sugar

: sugar that contains molasses

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