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History Cookbook: Lavender Sugar

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About this recipe
Healthiness : (90 votes)
Difficulty:  1 out of 5 difficulty
Comments: Very easy.
Preparation Time: 20-30 minutes to sew the bag and to pick off the flowers
Cooking Time: None
Number of servings: If you keep topping up the sugar, you will have lavender sugar for several months.
Serving suggestions: Try making shortbread or fairy cakes with the scented sugar.
This is a vegan recipe


From the 1640s, the English, along with the Dutch and French, began establishing sugar colonies in the Caribbean islands. As the century progressed, hundreds of thousands of Africans were forcibly shipped from their homelands, to work as slaves on the European farmers' plantations in the West Indies and South America. Cane sugar farming was so lucrative, the plantation owners referred to sugar as 'white gold'. By the 18th century, the West Indian sugar industry was supplying the whole of the western world and fabulous fortunes were made.

Lavender was used widely as a flavouring and spice in the past. Southern fried chicken still uses lavender as a spice. English lavender is prized as being the best cooking lavender. Make sure you only collect lavender which has not been treated with chemicals or fertilisers or you could buy culinary lavender online from a supplier.

Lavender can give a very strong flavour but this sugar is gently fragranced. You would use it in the same way as vanilla essence is now used. If a recipe has vanilla essence in it, you could omit it and try using lavender sugar instead.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 lb (225g) caster sugar
  • 1 handful lavender flowers, English lavender is best
  • A large jar
  • A piece of cloth, sewing thread and a needle
Equipment
  • Weighing scales
  • Large jar
  • Cloth
  • Sewing thread and needle
  • Fork
Making and cooking it
Always wash your hands before preparing food Always wash your hands before preparing food.

Method 1:

  1. Fill the jar with half the sugar
  2. Use a fork to take the lavender flowers off the stalk
  3. Sew the cloth into a small bag, leaving one end open  
  4. Fill the bag with lavender and sew closed 
  5. Put it in the jar and cover with the rest of the sugar
  6. Leave for a few weeks, shaking occasionally,  until the scent of the lavender has worked into the sugar
  7. You can now use the sugar in cakes and biscuits; the lavender will give them a delicate flavour


Method 2 (If you don't mind the odd bit of lavender in your cooking):

  1. Simply tie the lavender stems (about 5) together
  2. Put the flowers down into the sugar 
  3. Shake the jar occasionally 
  4. The sugar will be ready to use after a few weeks
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Name: Shannon And Gurinder 22nd October 2009
the food is best and delicous to eat .i wish you could make some more recipes
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