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Make Lavender Sugar

English LavenderFor an unexpected and rich taste, try making your own lavender sugar. This is a unique treat that's easy to make and fun to use.

Uses for Lavender Sugar

Lavender sugar is a great alternative to vanilla sugar as a topping for candies, cakes, and other pastries. It's also a wonderful sweetener for tea. You can leave your lavender sugar white, or use food coloring to give it a slight tint. Either way, using lavender as a flavoring will give your sugar added zest and gourmet appeal.

If you are a gardener and have a ready supply of fresh lavender, making and giving batches of lavender sugar is a great way to showcase your hobby. If you don't have a fresh supply, you can easily find lavender buds online.

Try making lavender sugar part of a lavender themed basket, with lavender bath salts, herbes de Provence, lavender hand cream and lavender facial scrub. Lavender is a favorite with both men and women, and your homemade lavender creations will be a hit for everyone on your shopping list.

Lavender Sugar Recipe

2 Tbsp. Dried lavender flowers
1 C. White sugar
Red and blue food coloring (optional)
Jar with a tight fitting lid
Muslin fabric

Place two tablespoons of lavender flowers in a length of muslin and wrap securely. Place lavender packet in a jar and cover with a cup of white sugar. Seal the jar and set it aside for two weeks, shaking it occasionally. After two weeks, the aroma of the lavender will have permeated the sugar, and the lavender packet can be discarded.

If you would like to color the sugar, create a shade of lavender you like using red and blue food coloring.

Once mixed, add the coloring slowly to the lavender sugar, stirring well to incorporate. Place the slightly moist sugar mixture on a cookie sheet to dry. If you live in a humid area, the sugar may be dried in the oven. (Use the lowest setting you can.)


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6 comments:

  1. Great post! Do you know if this will work with powdered sugar as well? And, would we be able to taste the lavender in the sugar, or just smell it?

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  2. Gingerweeds:

    I believe it will work with powdered sugar because "powdering" is just grinding the sugar fine and adding anti-clumping ingredients like cornstarch. There is a mild lavender flavor as well as a wonderful lavender aroma in lavender sugar.

    Good luck if you try the recipe. Come back and let us know how it goes.

    Sara

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  3. This would be great to make as the base for a sugar body scrub!

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  4. Has anyone made rose sugar? can you use oil instead of the buds of the lavender?

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  5. does anyone know if we can use oil to infuse the sugar? or is it only okay to use the buds? I had rose oil and thought that might be a nice sugar as well?

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  6. Anonymous3:07:00 PM

    Generally speaking, oils are a bad idea for infusing food items in their concentrated forms (i.e. essential oils). It is best to use the actual bud or other nonconcentrated form of flavoring together with a lot of patience. My favorite method is to use a vaccuum container and a sachet of flavorings mixed with plain white rice to absorb any moisture that would cause the sugar to clump. Vacuum out the air, and put in the cupboard for approximately two weeks, removing every few days to shake/stir, and test for infusion strangth desired.

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