Lavender Sugar and Rose Geranium Sugar

Lavender sugar recipe
Rose Geranium Sugar recipe
Rose Geranium Sugar

Two Herb Sugars – Lavender Sugar and Rose Geranium Sugar

This recipe tells you how to make two Herb Sugars –  Lavender Sugar and Rose Geranium Sugar.  Both follow the same process and are very easy to make.  You simply place fresh lavender leaves and buds or chopped rose geranium leaves in a jar of sugar.   The sugar will become infused with the scent of the herbs and can then be used as an ingredient to bring a floral flavour to cakes, puddings or other dishes.

About Rose Geraniums

Lavender is quite a common plant in gardens or in pots on balconies.  Rose Geraniums are less well-known.   There are a number of scented varieties of Rose Geranium (which are actually technically pelargoniums) and all have leaves that smell of rose –  I think they actually smell a bit like Turkish Delight!  I have two varieties –  Angels Perfume and Attar of Roses  –  which I bought from Herbal Haven which is a specialist herb nursery.

Rose Geranium leaves can be used in lots of puddings and desserts to add a subtle rose flavour.  I think this is a better way than using rose-petals as you only need a few leaves whereas you need loads of petals (and, really, who wants to destroy their roses?).

Pelargonium
Rose Geranium

About Herb Sugars

Herb Sugars were popular in Victorian times as a way of capturing the flavour of fresh herbs.     Once the sugar has taken on the scent of the herb, it will keep for many months and, in the days when people cooked with what they grew themselves, this allowed herb-scented dishes to be made in winter when there were no fresh herbs available.

It is best to make Herb Sugars in the summer, when the flavour of herbs is at its strongest.   A wide variety of herbs can be used to produce Herb Sugars, in addition to lavender and rose geranium, and some of my favourites include: thyme, rosemary, bay, lemon verbena and mint.

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Lavender sugar recipe

Lavender Sugar

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 1 jam jar 1x
  • Category: Herb Sugar
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Lavender Sugar is produced by allowing the flavour of fresh lavender to infuse into caster sugar which can then be used as an ingredient to bring a floral taste to cakes, biscuits, puddings and other dishes.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 350 g caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh lavender (leaves and/or flowers)

Instructions

  1. Place the caster sugar in a bowl.
  2. Place your chopped lavender on a plate and press with the back of a spoon to encourage it to release its flavour.
  3. Add the chopped lavender to the sugar and mix well.
  4. Transfer the sugar and lavender mixture to a jam jar.
  5. Seal the jar and leave for at least 24 hours, and preferably a week, to allow the flavour to infuse into the sugar.
  6. When you are ready to use the sugar, you can either pass it through a coarse sieve to remove the herb pieces or you can leave them in the sugar.

Keywords: herb sugar, lavender, sugar

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Rose Geranium Sugar recipe

Rose Geranium Sugar

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 1 jam jar 1x
  • Category: Herb Sugar
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Rose Geranium Sugar is produced by allowing the flavour of fresh rose geranium leaves to infuse into caster sugar which can then be used as an ingredient to bring a floral taste to cakes, biscuits, puddings and other dishes.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 350 g caster sugar
  • 10 rose geranium leaves (finely chopped)

Instructions

  1. Place the caster sugar in a bowl.
  2. Place your chopped rose geranium leaves on a plate and press with the back of a spoon to encourage them to release their flavour.
  3. Add the chopped rose geranium leaves to the sugar and mix well.
  4. Transfer the sugar and rose geranium mixture to a jam jar.
  5. Seal the jar and leave for at least 24 hours, and preferably a week, to allow the flavour to infuse into the sugar.
  6. When you are ready to use the sugar, you can either pass it through a coarse sieve to remove the herb pieces or you can leave them in the sugar.

Notes

In order to make this Herb Sugar, you need to make sure you source Rose Geraniums, such as Angels’ Perfume or Attar of Roses, which have leaves that are strongly rose-scented.

Keywords: lavender sugar, rose geranium sugar

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