I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too! Welcome!

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Flavoured Sugar Shower Favors

In this post I'm sharing two flavour infused sugar recipes ... lavender and vanilla cinnamon. They are simple to make and add a hint of something extra to your tea. Pair them with some flavoured teas and pop in goodie bags for guests to take home from a bridal or baby shower. Or just treat yourself! You could use flavoured sugar to rim an iced tea glass or you could bake with it. Imagine a lavender sugar shortbread cookie? Hmm...I might have to get on that!

Lavender Sugar:
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp edible lavender
2 1/2 tsps water
food colour (optional)
mini zipper bags (I found mine at Michael's craft store)

Using a mortar and pestle grind up the lavender adding a little sugar to help with the process. When it is ground pretty fine mix it with the sugar, cover and store at least 2 weeks so the lavender has time to infuse the sugar. You can sift the lavender out once infused or leave it in. Your sugar is ready to use.

If you choose to make sugar cubes or molds like these bells it is best to sift out the lavender. Mix water (and food colour) into the infused sugar, with just enough for the sugar to hold together when pressed. Using small molds, I used a bell-shaped chocolate mold, firmly press the sugar into each. Let them sit overnight at room temperature to set.

Once set gently turn them over and pop out of the molds. As you can see here I tried some with the lavender left in the sugar and found sifted out looked better.

Place them in mini zipper bags and attach to your chosen tea. Label if you like. I paired these lavender bells with Lemon Ginger tea.

Vanilla Cinnamon Sugar:
1 cup sugar
2 or 3 cinnamon sticks
2-4 tbsps pure vanilla extract

Bury the cinnamon sticks in the sugar, cover and leave to infuse for 2-3 weeks.

After the sugar has had time to absorb the cinnamon scent remove the sticks and add the vanilla.

Stir well to combine the vanilla with the sugar, then spread on a lined cookie sheet to dry, usually 12 hours or so. Then crush the lumps of sugar with a mortar and pestle or you could grind in a coffee grinder or food processor.

This time I left the sugar loose, bagged and tagged it and attached to a Chai Spice tea.

We packaged these teas and sugar with some chocolate kisses and honey spoons for a sweet take-away treat.

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