Lavender sugar is easy to make at home and makes a lovely gift for the holidays.
In November, I always start thinking of San Francisco.
You see, I’ve been to San Francisco a few times, but only in November. Twice was for FoodBuzz Fest, where I met quite a few really wonderful bloggers, tasted Brussels sprouts and oxtail for the first time (year 1) and molested a lamb chop (year 2). The other time was for National Novel Writing Month and their special write-a-thon, the Night of Writing Dangerously.
On each trip, I spent as much time as possible at the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market. Those who live in California truly have it made when it comes to local produce, and I was sad I wasn’t able to enjoy most of it. However, I did make the most of the trip, stocking up on every travel-ready item I could: Rancho Gordo beans, local honeys, newly pressed olive oil, and fancy lavender sugar.
Now, I wasn’t sure at the time just what I would do with lavender sugar, but I didn’t want the opportunity to pass me by. Me and my just-barely-under-the-weight-limit suitcase headed home happy.
It turns out that lavender sugar is an excellent addition to all manner of things, from shortbread to pie crust to biscuits. It adds a wonderful floral note to pastry, and I think it’s pretty perfect for anything involving strawberries.
That one jar is long gone by now, but it turns out that lavender sugar is incredibly easy to make at home. It’s also a great gift idea for the baker in your life.
Lavender buds can be purchased in many places, including spice shops, gourmet kitchen stores like Williams-Sonoma, and sometimes at the grocery store. Do not just open a sachet and have at it – you want culinary lavender, which is free of chemicals.
- 1-2 tablespoons lavender buds
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- Pour lavender and sugar into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until lavender is chopped and evenly distributed throughout sugar. For a finer blend, pulse more.
- Be careful removing the lid, as the sugar will be a bit dusty now.
- Scoop sugar into airtight containers (glass canning jars are perfect).