DIY Lavender Vanilla Sugar
August 8, 2011 § 4 Comments
I’ve always been a fan of crafting.
From from homemade flower pens out of pipe cleaners and fake blooms to elaborate scrapbooks. This weekend, with inspiration from the lavender vanilla latte I got in Astoria, I created a do-it-yourself lavender vanilla sugar.
You can catch me lingering next to the fancy sugars in Whole Foods during my weekly shopping trips, looking longingly at their creative blends. I think they are so interesting, but way overpriced. I thought it would be easy to create a similar product from scratch, and I was right!
The ingredients include:
1 cup white sugar
1 vanilla bean
1 tsp dried lavender bulbs
I used our mortar and pestle to grind up the lavender into an imperfect powder. Next, I sliced open the vanilla bean and scraped out the pod into a bowl. I combined the ground lavender, vanilla and sugar into a bowl and mixed by hand to evenly distribute the vanilla and lavender.
I slipped the vanilla pod into the glass jar and covered with the sugar mixture. At this point, keep the jar shut for the next few days to allow the vanilla and lavender to fully develop the flavors.
I also used this opportunity to create a unique hostess gift.
Mickey and I had dinner plans at our friend’s house on Saturday evening and besides a little wine and cheese, I wanted to bring something fun to add to their spice rack! So to the jar I added some tissue paper, a pretty ribbon and a small bloom from a bouquet of Pike Place flowers, voila!
And there you go…a great hostess gift with a little Rose and gouda (not pictured: Pike Place Market flowers!)
The sugar would be a great addition to tea, coffee, sprinkled onto scones, muffins or used as a sugar substitute to any recipe..I am thinking cheesecake with fresh blueberries, yum!