Demerara (sugar)

Demerara (sugar)

Demerara (also spelled as 'demerera') is used as the generic name of a type of specialty raw cane sugar often used in home baking and in sweetening coffee and tea. Demerara is normally brown in color—the natural color of cane sugar. Demerara has a coarse texture due to its large crystals. It takes its name from the Demerara colony in Guyana, the original source of this type of sugar, which is produced today mainly in Mauritius.Cite web
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Demerara is a type of unrefined sugar with a large grain. Its colour is pale to golden yellow. It comes from pressed sugar cane which is then steamed for the juice to form thick cane syrup. The syrup is dehydrated to form large golden brown crystals. As it is not refined much, it is rich and creamy.

Demerara can be found in supermarkets along with other specialty sugars, but usually they are sold in small sizes for customers who wish to experiment. The sugar can also be found in coffee houses as single serve packets.

The sugar was first made in a colony in Guyana. Mass production later moved to Mauritius. Another type is London demerara which is defined with added molasses. It is a crunchy type of sugar. In cooking, demerara is known for changing the texture or colour of recipes.

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  • Demerara (sugar) — or demerara sugar [dem΄ə rar′ə, dem΄ərer′ə] n. [also d s ] Brit. a coarse, light brown sugar * * * …   Universalium

  • Demerara (sugar) — or demerara sugar [dem΄ə rar′ə, dem΄ərer′ə] n. [also d s ] Brit. a coarse, light brown sugar …   English World dictionary

  • Demerara (sugar) — or demerara sugar [dem΄ə rar′ə, dem΄ərer′ə] n. [also d s ] Brit. a coarse, light brown sugar …   English World dictionary

  • demerara sugar — ► NOUN ▪ light brown cane sugar coming originally from the region of Demerara in Guyana …   English terms dictionary

  • demerara sugar — [[t]de̱məreərə ʃ ʊgə(r)[/t]] N UNCOUNT Demerara sugar is a type of brown sugar. It is made from sugar cane that is grown in the West Indies. [BRIT] …   English dictionary

  • demerara sugar — dem|e|ra|ra sug|ar [ˌdeməreərə ˈʃugə US rerə ˈʃugər] n [U] BrE [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Demerara, area in Guyana where the sugar originally came from] a type of rough brown sugar …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • demerara sugar — /dɛmərɛərə ˈʃʊgə/ (say demuhrairruh shooguh) noun a white cane sugar treated with molasses to produce large, slightly sticky, pale brown crystals. Also, coffee sugar. {from Demerara, Guyana, where it was originally chiefly produced} …   Australian-English dictionary

  • demerara sugar — noun light brown cane sugar; originally from Guyana • Syn: ↑demerara • Hypernyms: ↑brown sugar …   Useful english dictionary

  • demerara sugar — noun Etymology: Demerara, river and region in Guyana Date: 1848 a coarse light brown raw sugar …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • demerara sugar — [ˌdɛmə rɛ:rə, rα:rə] noun Brit. light brown cane sugar coming originally and chiefly from the region of Demerara in Guyana …   English new terms dictionary

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