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Making Scottish Shortbread. Can I use white castor sugar instead of brown sugar?

  • 05-09-2020 7:06pm
    Registered Users Posts: 996 ✭✭✭

    I dont have brown sugar. Can white castor sugar be used in Scottish shortbread?
    Thank you.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Politics Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 12,108 CMod ✭✭✭✭Dizzyblonde

    Mod note: I've moved this into the main Food forum :)

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 64,291 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    The shortbread will likely be a bit drier and paler. As shortbread is already quite dry I'd suspect it may be a step too far and mess up the actual baking process.

    Basically - its not just a colour difference.

  • Registered Users Posts: 27,155 ✭✭✭✭looksee

    Haven't made it in a while (like maybe 40 years) but I thought it was always made with castor sugar! Don't ever remember using brown sugar.

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 30,642 Mod ✭✭✭✭Faith

    What recipe are you using? I’ve never seen a recipe for shortbread that calls from brown sugar, tbh - every one I’ve ever seen calls for caster sugar.

    So to answer your question - yes, you can use caster sugar, but I’d also suggest trying a different recipe to be sure it works out.