This super easy homemade citrus sugar is a great addition to your larder for baking and even sweetening your tea too.
Little girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice. I like that. At fifteen my girl is still little to me although she is almost as tall as I am and way more practical. Saffy to my Eddie, she sees clearly, keeps calm and doesn’t go overboard on emotion as I do.
She loves sweet things over savoury. Sugar more than salt. One of her favourite things just now is using my flavoured sugars on strawberries, porridge and cereal.
Sometimes the simplest things in life are the best and these flavoured citrus sugars are so easy to make but really do make a difference to other things.
This one ticks the boxes for it’s zing of citrus that kicks out of the sweetness of the sugar. So I’m sharing this recipe for citrus sugar today. Something as sweet is she is.
Ingredients for citrus sugar
- I use a mixture of any citrus fruit I have to hand for this.
- Oranges, lemons, mandarins, limes, clementines. Whatever is available.
How to make citrus sugar
- Simply wash the fruit giving it a good scrub if it is waxed (all commercial fruit is waxed as a preservative measure unless otherwise stated on the label) and dry on a tea towel.
- I grated the rind from 1 orange and 1 lemon for my jar of sugar.
- Grate off the rind and spread out the gratings on a sheet of baking parchment over a drying rack/grill rack.
- Pop the rack in a warm place for a couple of days. The airing cupboard, sunny windowsill, above a radiator, on top of the fridge etc.
- The citrus will dry out completely.
- Now spoon the dried gratings into a jar of sugar and stir around to make sure it is well combined. Pop a lid on the jar and set aside for a week to really let those flavours develop.
How to use flavoured sugar
Now use your citrus sugar to flavour everything from your favourite cuppa to cakes and bakes, cereal, fruit salads and of course good old porridge.
If you want to add some spice then toss in a small cinnamon stick and maybe star anise to your sugar jar.
Of course, vanilla sugar is the classic flavoured sugar and the best way to save those expensive vanilla pods when you’ve used them in a recipe.
Check out my recipe for homemade lavender sugar.
The combinations are endless.
How long will this keep
This citrus sugar will keep for approximately 6 months in a sealed jar.
Sugar and spice and all things nice………….
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Homemade citrus sugar
- 1 orange zest grated
- 1 lemon zest grated
- 500 g sugar
- spread the grated citrus zest on baking parchment over a drying rack and set aside in a warm place for a couple of days to dry out. (Aga, airing cupboard, above radiator, top of fridge)
- Spoon into a jar with sugar and hsake well to combine thoroughly
- Leave for a week to let the flavours combine and develop