Citrus fruits like lemon, lime, orange, tangerine or grapefruit are wonderful ingredients for making your own flavored sugars.
This tutorial will show how to make lime sugar, to use in pastry, desserts and mohito's! :)
You can adapt this tutorial to make other flavored sugars, for example by using vanilla beans or cinnamon. http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Vanilla-sugar/
Step 1: What you will need
- Sharp knife or zester
- Cutting board when using a knife
- Optional: oven and baking paper
- Sugar (I used very fine sugar because I like the look of it)
- Citrus fruit, for example a lime
Step 2: Zest
Cut of the zest from your citrus fruit with a sharp knife or zester (zest is the outer layer of the peel without the white part).
Then cut it in little peaces (I switched from my small knife to a large chef's knife).
Step 3: Let it dry
Let your zest dry in the open air, or put it in a oven for 15 minutes (40 degrees Celcius / 100 degrees Farenheit).
According to probablepossible you could also put the zest in the sugar and let it dry there. See the comment below :)
Step 4: Mix and enjoy
Mix the dried zest with the sugar, the longer you wait, the more flavor the sugar will get, now it's just pleasant to the eyes.
You could use this sugar in pastries, on desserts, on bread with butter, on fruit salads and in drinks like mohito's! :)
Extra tips: Put it in a blender to make your own powdered sugar. Use it to make flavored frosting or butter cream.
(thanks to -RoyaleWithCheese- and chazortiz)