Spun sugar is surpassingly sweet and surprisingly simple! Adding it to almost any dessert is an instant upgrade that will impress everyone. Not to mention it tastes delicious!
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
All you need to create beautiful spun sugar is:
1. A small saucepan
2. 1/4 cup water
3. 1 cup sugar
4. Parchment paper
5. Two forks
Step 2: Caramelize the Sugar
Combine the sugar and water in the sauce pan and cook over medium heat. DO NOT STIR!
The mixture will boil and turn clear, then gradually darken in color. This may take 10-15 minutes or so.
When it reaches a golden color, remove it from the heat.
Step 3: Swirl
Lifting the pan off the stove, VERY gently swirl the sugar mixture until it stops boiling.
Step 4: Let It Cool
Set the pan down and let the sugar cool until it's thick (probably about 8 minutes) - you'll know it's ready when you dip a fork into it and the sugar slowly drips off in long, thin threads. If thick drops are plopping off the fork, let it cool some more and test again.
Step 5: Spin That Sugar!
Now for the fun part!
I like to use two forks, held back to back, but you can use one if you like.
Spread your parchment paper out on the counter. Dip your forks into the sugar and as the sugar starts drizzling off the fork, wave it over the parchment paper in circles, up and down, and all around. You can also use your hands to pull the strings off of the forks.
The video shows both of these methods.
When the stream stops or breaks off, dip the forks in the sugar again and repeat this process until you are happy with the amount of sugar that you have.
Step 6: Decorate Your Dessert
Break off pieces of your sugar and add to any dessert in whatever way you'd like.
I stacked mine on a raspberry lime tart with an almond crust and it was delicious!
If some of your sugar melts or it doesn't stand up and instead lays flat, don't worry. Once it cools all the way, you can break those large pieces off and stand them up on any dessert and it will still be beautiful!
If any of you make this, I'd love to see any pictures of what you decide to do with your spun sugar!