Lavender Sugar Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried culinary lavender buds

Equipment:

  • Food processor or coffee grinder
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Airtight container for storage

Instructions:

Ensure Culinary Lavender:

  • It’s essential to use culinary lavender (typically Lavandula angustifolia) for the best flavor and to avoid any bitter or soapy notes from ornamental varieties.

Grind the Lavender:

  • Place the dried lavender buds in a clean, dry food processor or coffee grinder.
  • Process for 10-15 seconds until the lavender is finely ground.

Combine with Sugar (Method 1):

  • Add half a cup (1 cup total) of granulated sugar to the processor with the ground lavender. Pulse for 15-20 seconds until thoroughly mixed.
  • Pour the lavender-sugar mixture into a large bowl. Add the remaining sugar and whisk vigorously to distribute the lavender evenly.

Combine with Sugar (Method 2):

  • Pour a thin layer of sugar into your mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle the ground lavender evenly over the sugar.
  • Add another layer of sugar. Repeat this layering process until all the sugar and lavender are used.
  • Whisk vigorously to combine.

Infuse:

  • Transfer your lavender sugar to an airtight container.
  • Let it infuse for at least a week in a cool, dark place.
  • The longer it sits, the stronger the lavender flavor will become.

Store and Enjoy:

  • Once infused, store your lavender sugar in the airtight container in a cool, dark place.
  • It should last for several months.

Tips:

  • For a stronger lavender flavor, increase the amount of lavender slightly.
  • If you don’t have a food processor, you can try grinding the lavender with a mortar and pestle, but it’ll be more work.
  • Lavender sugar is delicious in baked goods (scones, cookies, cakes), sprinkled on fruit, stirred into tea or coffee, or even used to rim cocktail glasses for a unique twist.

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