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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

Picture of What you will need

Materials
  • Sharp knife or zester
  • Cutting board when using a knife
  • Jar
  • Optional: oven and baking paper
     
Ingredients
  • Sugar (I used very fine sugar because I like the look of it)
  • Citrus fruit, for example a lime

 
cfilloux2 years ago
I made some lime, orange, and lemon and they all turned out well! I used the lime sugar in place of normal sugar in a sugar cookie recipe and it was very tasty and had a hint of lime!!! Thanks very much for this!
SanneLaurenssen (author)  cfilloux2 years ago
Wow, you've been buisy! Great to hear it was a succes! Thanks for posting :D
Just made some and had it. The entire family likes it! Great job on this one.
How nice to hear that it was a success! Thanks!
MJFallout2 years ago
I enjoy that this is so way easy.
I too like lemon/lime-everythings. So I'm gonna make some later.
Thanks for sharing.
SanneLaurenssen (author)  MJFallout2 years ago
You're welcome!
kmartin312 years ago
Sounds yummy, pretty and easy! Thanks for sharing! I'm hoping to make some of these for our annual Christmas hampers.
SanneLaurenssen (author)  kmartin312 years ago
Thanks for your nice words! I would definitely also recommend making orange sugar to put in hot tea and chocolate for the winter.
chazortiz2 years ago
I love lime flavored anything I will try this tonight!
SanneLaurenssen (author)  chazortiz2 years ago
I'd love to hear how it went.
My sugar smells really good already, but I can't really taste the lime yet.
Hard to be patient ;)
Hello I made lime sugar and added it to a butter creme frosting and it was a knock out hit! Thanks again for posting such a good recipe,Chaz
SanneLaurenssen (author)  chazortiz2 years ago
Hi Chaz,
it is really nice to hear that it was a success!
I will definitely try making butter creme frosting with it (is that just sugar with butter or do you have a secret ingredient?)
Sanne
I used 1/4 cup milk ,your sugar mix,and butter. I just read a recipe on pinterest that says to use marshmallow fluff instead of butter so I may mess with that idea and still use your mix I may add lemon and lime zest to the sugar and see what I get.
SanneLaurenssen (author)  chazortiz2 years ago
That recipe sounds really easy, thanks! Until now I only made icing/frosting with sugar. I like the idea of mixing different kinds of zest, it would surely look lovely with the different colors :D
jogarcej2 years ago
Nice instructable. The final product picture shows 2 jars with flavored sugar. One can be lime or lemon, what is the other one? It looks kind of reddish.
SanneLaurenssen (author)  jogarcej2 years ago
That is orange sugar I made one year ago. You can see it has been infusing longer because the sugar turned orange a bit.
I stir it right into the sugar at this point, letting it dry in the sugar. Stir it once or twice over the next week. This infuses the flavor into the crystals.
That is a really good idea, I figured that it would become too sticky. I'll try this when I will make the next lemon flavored one.
CheliNenino2 years ago
@Desertsquirrel3
I would wait a week or two.
It's similar to adding vanilla bean to sugar, so I think it would be BEST to let it sit for a month so that the flavour infuses throughout all the sugar and there is no mistaking the lime flavour. :]
What would be the minimum amt of time to infuse?
This is the first time I made lime flavored sugar, so I wouldn't know precisely. I think it also depends on the zest sugar ratio. If you don't want to wait long I recommend to use more zest.
The orange sugar I made earlier was really flavored after a week, the lime sugar from a couple of day's ago already tastes a bit like lime. :)
Chazortiz made butter cream frosting with his sugar the same night, so I guess you could use it immediately :D
Since you are using very fine sugar, do the measurements change when using in a recipe? Like a cookie recipe for example.
I'm sorry :) Here I have the right answer for you.
The weight of normal sugar and very fine sugar is very similar when using a tablespoon to measure it, both are 16 grams.
sarbear3212 years ago
Wow!!
I didn't know you could do such things with sugar! This has opened my eyes :D