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Homemade brown sugar is the secret to a winning Easter ham! Here’s how to make it…

Did you know you could make homemade brown sugar?

There’s the Thanksgiving Turkey, the Christmas Roast, and the Easter Ham. This sweet and succulent dish is the star of the Easter table!

Chef Nettie Frank shares how to make sure your ham shines at the big dinner. Ham is surprisingly simple to make. Pick up a good cut at the grocery store, and just throw it in the oven.

The real magic lies in the glaze. It’s the best part of the holiday ham! Most glazes feature one flavor: brown sugar. If you want to go above and beyond, make it from scratch. Didn’t know you could make it yourself? Us either.


Although we usually think that sugar and brown sugar are two completely different things, brown sugar is simply sugar with molasses.

Nettie says making homemade brown sugar is as easy as adding molasses to granulated sugar. Wearing a latex glove, she mixes it together by hand. Remember kinetic sand? Just like that! You could combine it with a spoon, but it’s lots more fun to play with it.

The only difference between light brown sugar and dark brown sugar is the amount of molasses added. Use the following ration to make 1 cup of brown sugar. Scale it up or down, depending on your recipe.

Light brown sugar: Use 1 tablespoon molasses for every 1 cup sugar.
Dark brown sugar: Use 2 tablespoons molasses for every 1 cup sugar.

After sprinkling brown sugar on top, squeeze thin-sliced pineapple in between the layers of ham. If you’re in a time crunch or don’t have fresh pineapple, use a can of crushed pineapple. Pour the pineapple juice right on top. If you don’t have pineapple juice, use orange juice. Nettie says this is her ‘secret sauce.’

Find more recipes from Nettie on Instagram, @chefnettiefrank, or on her website, chefnettie.com

If you love to travel and love food, you don’t want to miss out on Nettie’s upcoming food tour. From dining on the London Bridge to a secluded meal in the hillsides of the United Kingdom, Nettie will make sure you’re eating good.

For more information about Nettie’s upcoming food tour, go to @cultivatedfoodtravel on Instagram.

Get Nettie’s cookbook, Beyond the Glaze, here.

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