black sugar

Black sugar and sesame pancake (Zi Ma Tian Bing)

Preparing the filling
Ingredients
170g black sugar, 200g black sesame, 10 tablespoons of cooking oil

Instructions
1. Grind the sesame seeds in a food processor until very fine.
2. Mix all the ingredients well.

Soy milk flavoured with black sugar, black beans, and black sesame

Ingredients

½ cup of black beans and 1 cup of water
1~2 tablesppoons of roasted black sesame seeds
1 tablespoon of black sugar
4 cups of water

Instructions

1. Soak the beans with 1 cup of water for about 8 hours or over night.

2. Blend a cup of soaked beans and roasted black sesame seeds with another 4 cups of water in a food processor or a fruit mixer. Use a high speed setting to blend it as fine as possible. Then drain the liquid from it into a saucepan.

Black sugar and sesame buns (dumplings)

Filling ingredients
200g ground black sesame
170g black sugar
10 tablespoons cooking oil

 

Instructions
1. Grind the sesame seeds in a food processor until very fine.
2. Mix all the ingredients well.


Dough Ingredients
500g all purpose flour
300ml warm water
2 teaspoons dry yeast
25g sugar or black sugar
25ml cooking oil

Black sugar, sweet potato and ginger dessert

Ingredients

600 g sweet potato
4 big chunks of ginger
One small bunch black sugar
Water

Black sugar and ginger tea

Ingredients

1 cup of chopped ginger (aged ginger)
5 cups water
5 tablespoons black sugar or enough to taste
 

What is black sugar?

Black sugar is a common ingredient in Asian cooking, but when I show black sugar to my Western guests. They very often ask “is that brown sugar?”

Black sugar is healthier and more tasty than white processed sugar; brown sugar has a few of the benefits of black sugar, but really isn't as good.

It can look quite similar to brown sugar, but black sugar is even darker - almost black. Black sugar is popular in Taiwan. Compared to processed sugar, which has a very flat, characterless taste, black sugar is 'round', with a lot more flavor.

Unlike processed sugar, black sugar contains molasses, plus potassium, iron, calcium and other minerals.

Many Western women like to eat chocolate for comfort during their period, but Japanese women like to eat black sugar. For Taiwanese women, eating black sugar during their period is also a very common custom, probably because Taiwan is a former colony of Japan. They really eat pieces of sugar like it's candy.

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