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How to use Piloncillo


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What is Piloncillo?

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Piloncillo is a raw form of pure cane sugar that has not been processed. Because it has not been processed, it has a golden brown color and a delicious rich flavor similar to molasses, although it does not have any molasses in it. Unlike brown sugar which sometimes is made by coating refined white sugar with molasses, Piloncillo is pure sugar with no additives. You can use Piloncillo anywhere you would use other sweeteners.

Piloncillo is sold by the ounce in a cone shape. You can find small 2 oz cones all the way up to large 8 ounce cones. Piloncillo is sometimes listed in a recipe in pounds, as in "1 pound of Piloncillo" which sounds like a lot, but it is just 2 of the 8 oz. cones.

The measurements for Piloncillo are always in weight. The cones make it easy to measure since they are pre-formed in common weights for recipes. Do not break up the cone and then measure it by the cup (sometimes referred to as 8 ounces) or you will have an inaccurate amount.

Piloncillo means "Pylon" and is named for its conical shape. It is pressed into a cone shape and becomes very hard.

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