Transport your kitchen to a fragrant lavender field with this easy homemade lavender sugar recipe. Dried lavender buds infuse white sugar with floral flavor and aroma perfect for sweetening tea, lemonade, or desserts. Make a batch to gift or to keep on hand for a little botanical magic in your baking.
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Adding the flavor of lavender to your recipes may sound daunting or exciting. Or probably both. Lavender syrup and extracts can often overwhelm recipes.
But making your own lavender sugar is a great way to add a small bit of sweet lavender to your recipes. You start by replacing only part of the sugar and grow until you get the right taste.
🌟Why Make Lavender Sugar
This lavender sugar recipe requires just two ingredients and minimal effort, making it accessible for all skill levels. Plus, its versatility allows you to use it in a wide array of sweet and savory dishes.
Lavender sugar imparts a unique floral essence to your dishes, introducing a sophisticated and unexpected twist to classic recipes.
You need to use dried culinary lavender. And while lavender flowers may seem interchangeable, there's a big difference between varieties meant for eating versus perfumes. Culinary lavender hails from Lavandula angustifolia plants, milder cousins of the aromatic purple blooms used in soaps and perfumes.
Less pungent oils mean culinary lavender brings floral essence, not soapiness, to your recipes. Seek out food-friendly "English lavender" for the perfect sweet-herbal flavor.
Fresh lavender blossoms won't infuse the sugar the same way dried ones will.
🍲How to Make Lavender Sugar
I prefer to use a spice grinder to make small batches of flavored sugars. But when I am making a big batch of lavender sugar for gifting I opt for a food processor.
Add the dried lavender buds first. Grind these up as much as possible.
Add the sugar and continue to process until the buds are totally ground.
🥣 How to Use Lavender-Infused Sugar
- Sprinkle over freshly baked goods like scones, muffins, pies, and cookies for an elegant finishing touch.
- Stir into hot or iced teas for a soothing lavender tea.
- Use as a sweetener in homemade lemonades, you can turn this into a lavender simple syrup to make this easier.
- Use it to rim your cocktail glasses for a subtle lavender flavor.
- Dust over crème brûlée and custards before caramelizing for a caramelized lavender crust.
- Combine with herbs for a unique rub for grilled meats or roasted vegetables.
- Mix into buttercream frosting for cakes or cupcakes or whipped cream for other desserts.
- Stir into oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast.
- Sprinkle on fresh fruit salads.
Any leftover sugar can be used to make homemade sugar scrubs.
Vanilla-Lavender Sugar- Add one vanilla bean pod to the recipe for an enchanting blend of vanilla and lavender.
Lemon and Lavender- Add the zest of 1 lemon to the spice grinder.
When adding this sugar to recipes for the first time I like to start with 50/50 lavender sugar to regular sugar and increase from these.
To maintain the freshness and potency of your lavender sugar, store it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Properly stored, it can last up to six months, allowing you to enjoy the enchanting flavors for an extended period.
If you added any other elements, like vanilla or lemon the sugar should be used within a few days.
Any extra dried lavender should be kept in its original container. Store in a cool dry place.
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💬Frequently Asked Questions
Culinary lavender is available at specialty food stores, spice shops, and online retailers. You can also grow your own lavender and use it once it's dried.
Yes, lavender sugar can be used sparingly to add a hint of floral sweetness to savory dishes like marinades or glazes for meats
Homemade Lavender Sugar
- Spice Grinder or Food Processor
- 2 Tablespoons dried culinary lavender buds English lavender or Provence lavender
- 1 cup granulated sugar
Spice Grinder Method
- Use a spice grinder to pulverize the dried lavender, about 15 seconds. Stir the lavender powder into the sugar,2 Tablespoons dried culinary lavender buds, 1 cup granulated sugar
Food Processor Method
- Add the dried lavender buds to the bowl of your food processor and process for 15 seconds. Add the sugar and process on high for 30 seconds. The lavender should be ground and mixed well with the sugar.