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Simply Wonderful Scented Sugars

Scented sugars are so simple to make and they’re simply wonderful.
They make perfect gifts too.

To make your own scented sugars you’ll need some clean, dry jars with
excellent seals, cheesecloth, plenty of granulated sugar (and other sugars, if
desired), and a nice variety of herbs, spices, and flowers (always
choose fresh herbs and flowers that have NOT been sprayed with
chemicals).

Try the following combinations, then experiment to come up with your
own signature variety of scented sugar.

NOTE: The herbs and spices will start to flavor the sugars in about 3
days, but let them sit in the jars, undisturbed, in a cool, dry place out of
direct sunlight, for about 2 weeks for the most flavor.

LAVENDER SUGAR

Place 2 tablespoons of dried lavender into a piece of cheesecloth and tie it
closed. Place the cheesecloth in a jar and add 1/2 cup granulated
sugar. Tightly close the lid to the jar.

VANILLA SUGAR

Split a whole vanilla bean and place it in a clean, dry jar. Bury the bean in
granulated or confectioners’ sugar. Tightly close the lid to the jar.

GINGER SUGAR

Mix 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger with 1/2 cup of granulated sugar in a
clean, dry jar. Tightly close the lid to the jar.

STAR ANISE SUGAR

To make this licorice tasting sugar, place 8 whole star anise and 1/2 cup
of granulated sugar into a clean, dry jar and mix them together. Tightly
close the lid to the jar.

CLOVES SUGAR

Combine 10 whole cloves with 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a clean, dry
jar. Tightly close the lid to the jar.

CITRUS SUGAR

Use a vegetable peeler to remove long strips of zest (the outside peel)
from a large orange, 2 medium lemons, or 4 medium limes. Place the zest
in a clean, dry jar and bury it with granulated sugar. Tightly close the lid
to the jar.

MINT SUGAR

Wash and thoroughly dry some fresh mint leaves (use your favorite
variety of mint – spearmint, peppermint, chocolate mint, etc.) Place a small
granulated sugar in the bottom of the jar, then add a layer of mint leaves,
then another layer of sugar. Keep layering the mint leaves and sugar
until the jar is full. Tightly close the lid to the jar.

SCENTED GERANIUM SUGAR

Wash and thoroughly dry some leaves from a scented geranium (rose,
lemon, orange, pineapple, or chocolate-scented geraniums, etc. – not
regular geraniums). Place a small granulated sugar in the bottom of the jar,
then add a layer of scented geranium leaves, then another layer of
sugar. Keep layering the scented geranium leaves and sugar until the
jar is full. Tightly close the lid to the jar.

TO USE THE SCENTED SUGARS:

Sprinkle any variety of scented sugar over fruit, or hot or cold cereal.

Use scented sugar instead of plain sugar in a sugar cookie recipe – or
in any cake, cookie, or custard recipe that calls for granulated sugar.

Add citrus sugar to hot or iced tea.

Try a small vanilla sugar in coffee, or mix it with powdered cinnamon and
use for cinnamon toast or French toast.

Add mint sugar to tea or lemonade.

Use scented confectioners’ sugar when making icings for cakes and
brownies.

Final Note: Once the herbs, spices, or flowers have flavored the sugar,
remove them from the jars if you will use the jars of sugars as gifts.

Suzanne Lieurance is a freelance writer and owner of the Three Angels
Gourmet Co. which offers a unique line of “heavenly gourmet mixes”
for sale at threeangelsgourmet.com threeangelsgourmet.com and through gift shops,
Christian bookstores, gourmet food stores, and gift basket companies
across the country.

For daily food tips and other fun food information, visit the Three Angels
Gourmet Co. blog at threeangelsgourmet.blogspot.com threeangelsgourmet.blogspot.com

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