Flavoring sugar is a simple way to bring more flavor to your baked goods and other sweet treats. Imagine your pound cake made with vanilla sugar, or how an Old Fashioned cocktail will taste with sugar infused with bitters. Today, we offer five easy ways to flavor granulated sugar.
This week, the Sunday Supper tastemakers developed 20 Halloween sweets and treats recipes using Dixie Crystals products. Dixie Crystals produces several types of sugar, among them granulated, powdered, brown and raw (turbinado).
A couple of things to know when flavoring sugar. Yes, you can use citrus zest or fruit to flavor sugar, but the add-ins have to be dried or they will impart too much moisture. Too much moisture causes the sugar to clump. Also, any flavoring that you add needs 48 hours to infuse. Any less time, and you won’t get as much impact.
Here are five easy-to-make flavored sugars:
Vanilla Sugar. This is the classic flavored sugar. Place 2 cups sugar in a food processor and pulse a couple of times. Split vanilla beans and scrape soft insides into bowl. Pulse a couple more times. Pour into an air-tight container (or zipper-closed bag) and add in split vanilla beans. Let meld for at least 48 hours. Use in Fresh Strawberry Tartlets.
Cinnamon Sugar. Add 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon for each 1/2 cup sugar. This is the perfect mixture to make cinnamon toast, but it can also be used to roll Chewy Molasses Crinkles dough in before baking.
Lemon Sugar. Mix 2 cups sugar with 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract. Spread out on a baking sheet for about an hour to dry. Store in an airtight container. Give Lemon Cornmeal Sandwich Cookies even more pucker power with this flavored sugar.
Coconut Sugar. Mix 2 cups sugar with 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract. Spread out on a baking sheet for about an hour to dry. Store in an airtight container. Give these Banana Nut Bread Muffins a tropical flavor with coconut sugar.
Sriarcha Sugar. Mix 1 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon Sirarcha sauce. Allow to dry for about an hour then shake container or stir sugar mixture to break up. Use spicy sugar to line a glass for Iced Espresso Martinis. (Use this same process for any type of bitters you want to use to flavor sugar.)
Join us at 7 p.m. ET tonight for our weekly live Twitter chat sponsored this week by Dixie Crystals. We will be dishing about favorite Halloween treats and fun recipes for parties. This week’s devilishly good recipes:
- Black Magic Caramel Apples by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Black Velvet Spider Cake by Love and Confections
- Bloody Broken Glass Cupcakes by Run DMT
- Buttercup Squash Pie Bites by Magnolia Days
- Candy Corn Fudge by Feeding Big
- Candy Corn Iced Sugar Cookies by Chocolate Chocolate and More
- Cauldron Cupcakes by Big Bear’s Wife
- Gluten Free Tombstone Treats by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Halloween Candy Brownies by Desserts Required
- Halloween Chocolate Gingerbread House by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Halloween Pumpkin Coconut Bars by Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Homemade Candy Corn Marshmallows by An Appealing Plan
- Jack o’ Lantern Cupcakes by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Mummy Chocolate Cupcakes by Family Foodie
- Pumpkin Bread Pudding by Recipe for Perfection
- Pumpkin Pie Puff Pastry Coffins by Ruffles & Truffles
- Pumpkin Spice Fudge by Runner’s Tales
- Pumpkin Whoopie Pies by Midlife Road Trip
- Spicy Little Devil’s (Food) Cupcakes by The Crumby Cupcake
- Spiderweb Brownies by Life Tastes Good
Special Feature: Flavoring Sugar plus Halloween Sweets Recipes
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