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This time of year our calendars start to fill with party dates. Hostess gifts are sometimes one of those last minute thoughts. Today I thought I’d give you a little prompt and suggest some fun, easy yet thoughtful ideas.
Infused sugars. A sweet small token of appreciation in a cool looking jar. Start with organic sugar and a dried herb or spice. I buy at our local coop.
Combine the sugar and herb or spice into an airtight container in a 2 to 1 ratio of sugar to spice. Approximately. Some of those herbs/spices do not need to be that strong! Experimentation is the key.
After about 2 weeks, the sugar will be infused and it will keep well for at least 3 months. There are lots of herbs and spices that go well with sugar.
- Vanilla, use vanilla bean
- Mint, dried any kind
- Orange or lemon peel
- Dried rosehips (although I’ve heard people using the petals and didn’t like it)
- Cinnamon sticks
- Juniper berries
- Chili pepper
- Fennel seed – tastes like licorice
- Whatever you can think of!
You can package your sweet treat in any number of containers. The only must is that they be airtight. well, clean too! Thrift stores are great for finding fun stuff. Do sanitize the jars. PS I dried the orange peel and zest in my dehydrator.
After your sugar has been infused, you can either sift out the herb or spice or leave it in. I like the way it looks left in the jar. Add suggestions on the use of the infused sugar and be sure to add that they should sift the sugar if there are large pieces.
- Sprinkle on sugar cookies
- Sweeten coffee or tea
- Sprinkle on fresh fruit
- Fold into cookie, muffin, cupcake or bread batter
- Rim a cocktail glass