Monday, September 23, 2013

Flavored Sugars

Flavored sugars are super easy to make.  A variety of herbs, spices, edible flowers, citrus fruits or an aromatic blend of any of these can be combined with either granulated, superfine, or any type of sugar you may want to experiment with.  I use flavored sugars to add a punch of flavour to hot or iced tea, coffee, hot chocolate, smoothies and punches.  They can be added to zest up your cakes, cookies, squares and puddings. Spoon some over your grapefruit in the morning or add just a touch to your bowl of hot oatmeal.  Sprinkle a little in your plain cream cheese spread or drop some in a jar of fresh chocolate dipping sauce.   

For every 1 vanilla bean pod, whole or sliced and scraped, use 2 cups of sugar.  Let sit in airtight container for about a week or two.  

"For flavored sugars, combine 2 tbsp. of chopped fresh mint, or grated orange or lemon rind, with one lb. of superfine sugar in a tightly closed jar for a week.  Sift before using in tea."

Betty Crocker's Guide to Easy Entertaining, Wiley Publishing Inc. Copyright 1959