oh no! the day that i have dreaded for so long has finally come. i’ve run out of my precious store of brown sugar. sniff. i used the last of it in a sticky date pudding on sunday. but i didn’t have enough for the toffee sauce, so i was forced to use totally inferior white castor sugar. the resulting sauce was a pale, insipid imitation of the glossy brown glory of the real thing. oh, the pain!
let me explain. brown sugar as i know and love isn’t available here in switzerland. can you believe it???? the soft brown stuff which melts so wonderfully on porridge and is so great in banana cake and sticky date pudding and muffins and virtually any other darkly flavoured baked goods. i don’t know how the swiss have survived without such a crucial ingredient, but they have. they just don’t know what they are missing out on.
yes, they have raw brown sugar, but it’s granulated, not a soft, moist brown mass of molasses-y sweetness. i have looked and looked and looked. and it is nowhere to be found. previously i have relied on the goodwill of visiting lovely friends to bring me sweet brown packages, but it seems silly to be posting/trekking brown sugar across continents. so, i need to find another source. maybe it’s available in germany. i shall make a shopping trip across the broder a priority. i need my brown sugar!!!