Demerara sugar, an English version of turbinado sugar, is made from crystallized raw sugar cane juice with impurities removed. It is a relatively unprocessed sugar with a smooth sweet taste. Due to being largely unrefined, Demerara sugar retains a hint of natural molasses flavor. Its large, light golden brown, irregular shaped crystals can be baked without melting add a satisfying crunch and pleasant toffee flavor, making it an excellent garnish for baked goods including cookies, scones and muffins. Demerara sugar is also an excellent sweetener for coffee and tea drinks.
Demerara sugar contains minimally less sucrose than regular white sugar and also contains trace amounts of minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium.
To make Demerara Simple Syrup:
Combine 1 cup Demerara sugar and 1 cup water in a small sauce pan. Dissolve the sugar over medium heat, stirring regularly until all of the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, let cool. Store in a sterile glass jar in the refrigerator for up to one month. Optional: To extend the life of your Demerara Syrup stir in a splash of a strong neutral alcohol (Everclear or high proof vodka) when the syrup is cool.