All the lilacs are still in bloom and the air smells so fragrant and sweet. The other day when I posted about the blooming lilacs Nature Walks – Lilacs in Bloom my friend and our very own Gail, from https://snapshotsincursive.com/ sent me this delicious recipe for lilac sugar, to capture the essence of the lilacs a bit longer. I had never heard of lilac sugar before. But thanks to Gail and her fabulous idea, I have now made some and am anxiously waiting to use it. I already have a scrumptious idea in mind for it too.
This is Gail’s picture of her lilac sugar. Gail is a bit shy, but I am still featuring her as a “Guest Chef” for this delicious idea. Gail has many, many great recipes. If you are not already familiar with Gail and snapshotsincursive, you should definitely stop by and say hi. You will be in for a whole world of fabulous treats.
Gail sent me the recipe, and it is just 2 ingredients. Yes, that’s right, just 2. Fresh lilac flowers and sugar.
I picked a whole bunch of lilacs from my front yard so, I made a whole bunch of this fragrant, sugary treat. Gail’s recipe calls for 2/3 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of fresh lilac flowers, but I just kept going. I wanted to use all the lilacs I picked and didn’t want any of them to go to waste. So I just kept adding layer after layer of lilacs and sugar and filled my jar.
Rinse the lilacs and let them dry, then remove the blossoms from the stems. Add a layer of sugar, then a layer of blossoms, and repeat until all the lilacs and sugar are used, or in my case, until the jar is filled. Seal the jar tightly and gently shake the jar, then place in a dark cabinet and store for 1 week. Make sure to gently shake the sugar jar once a day while it is in storage.
After one week of storage in a dark cabinet, sift the sugar and spread it out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Store it in a safe place for another week, and then use it creatively. Gail says it goes very well with anything lemony. I hate to admit it, but I am so anxious to try it, that I am NOT going to wait that long before using it. Soon you will see what I create with my lilac sugar. 🙂 Thank you so much Gail for this wonderful idea.
Keep an open mind and an open heart, and we will all learn new things everyday. Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.