Aug 1, 2013
Mark Hutton

5 Flavored Sugars from Your Herb Garden

Basil Sugar by Cupcake Project – photo by J. Pollack Photography; Mint Leaves by Two Tarts

(Herb Sugar Collage)

Herb sugars are simple to make and are a unique way to use fresh herbs from your garden. Once you’ve created your herb sugars, you can use them to flavor a host of sweet and savory dishes.  I’ve shared suggestions below for five different herb sugars and how food bloggers are using them. But, don’t stop with the herbs and recipes featured here; go ahead and experiment with all the herbs in your garden—there are so many possibilities!

1. Mint Sugar by Two Tarts (shown above, right): Two Tarts uses mint sugar as a condiment for citrus salad and to rim a cocktail glass. I love that the cocktail has a green rim without using food coloring!  

2. Basil Sugar by Cupcake Project (shown above, left): I substitute basil sugar for plain sugar to create summery strawberry basil cupcakes.

3. Rosemary Sugar by Tartelette: I bet you can guess what dessert Tartelette uses her rosemary sugar in. She adds it to a tartelette, of course. The rosemary sugar adds earthiness to white peach tartelettes.

4. Cilantro Sugar by Brownies for Dinner: Watermelon tomato salad is sweetened up just a touch when Brownies for Dinner adds cilantro sugar to it.

5. Lavender Sugar by Joy the Baker: Joy adds lavender sugar to her coffee to make it extra special. Lavender sugar used in place of regular sugar also yields an elegant sugar cookie.

Which herb will you start with?

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