Fragrant lilacs are a sure sign of spring. Preserve the blossom for seasons to come in a sugar that is perfect for baking or tea.
By Daniel Valko
New seasons come and go, but the smells and feelings of spring have always stayed the same. One of them is the amazing smell of lilacs. These little purple flowers grow almost everywhere. And are truly the essential smell of spring. Use that beautiful scent to make amazing sugar for you kitchen cupboards.
Lilac sugar can be used in tea or baking. Or any other creative use you can come up with. I personally love it in a cup of camomile tea.
- sugar, as much as you'd like
- lilac petals, as much as you'd like, start with about ½ cup for the size jar pictured
- Making lilac sugar is very easy and simple, just layer the lilac petals in a mason jar. Along with granulated sugar, how much you need will depend on how big your mason jar is. Place the closed jar in a dark dry place.
- Every day gently shake the jar to mix the sugar.
- After the sugar is dry (this may take about a week or more) sift the sugar using a mesh strainer, to separate the dried lilac petals from the flavored sugar. This may take some time, so use a spoon. Lilac sugar can be used in tea or baking. Or any other creative use you can come up with. I personally love it in a cup of camomile tea.
Daniel hails from Portland, Oregon and keeps busy baking, cooking, and blogging. Oh, and being a high school senior, too. He blogs on Plentifulplate.com