Simple Orange Sugar Recipe

9 Apr

Citrus Sugar Recipe
A simple recipe for a lazy afternoon. This Orange Sugar is a great way to use the zest from your winter citrus fruit. Perfect in baked goods, tea and cocoa. You’ll find many uses for this versatile flavored sugar.

It only takes about 30 minutes to make the sugar, which lasts for weeks if stored in a cool, dry place.

All you need to make orange sugar is a few fresh oranges, sugar, a zester and an oven. It’s very easy! And this recipe can easily be doubled to make as much as you’d like. When packaged in mason jars, it makes a sweet gift.

Orange Sugar Recipe

Orange Sugar Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Bake Time: 20 minutes
Oven Temp: 150F
Adapted from Simple Bites

2 oranges, zested
1 cup Sugar (can use white or turbinado)

1. Zest the two oranges and reserve the zest. Cut the oranges in half and juice them.

2. Pour 1 cup of sugar into a medium bowl. Add fresh orange zest. Add 1/4 cup orange juice. Stir to combine and break up wet areas.

3. Spread the orange sugar mixture onto a baking pan evenly. Bake at 150F for 10 minutes.

4. Stir pan to redistribute sugar and break up clumps. Bake for another 10 minutes or until sugar is dry.

5. Remove from pan and let cool for 15 minutes. Place in an airtight container.

I think they’re perfect with a cup of tea. I’ve also used this recipe for scones (check out this awesome Martha Stewart Scone recipe).

Do you use flavored sugars?

Enjoy!  Beth




6 Responses to “Simple Orange Sugar Recipe”

  1. Sandra S. April 14, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    Oooh, I LOVE lemon sugar. What a great twist! Will definitely be trying. What do you think about using valencias vs other types??

    • Beth @ Decadent Dragon April 15, 2013 at 9:40 am #

      I would recommend citrus with a thicker skin (you’ll get more zest per orange). Be careful not to include the white pith, only the orange peel. Valencias will work, and you can add some of their sweet fruit juice too. Let me know how it goes!

  2. Jeremy W April 16, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    I think citrus zest sugar would be great for dusting the rim of a lemon-drop martini! I need to try this.

    • Alison May 12, 2013 at 7:37 am #

      I agree!

  3. Alison May 12, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    Also if you wanted to use the sugar as a topping or for a mixed drink (like Jeremy said), could you blend the Simple Orange Sugar in a food processor to make it more like powdered sugar? It might make the sugar and orange particles finer.

  4. Sarah Blood August 13, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    I love this idea. I had two large bowls of oranges sitting in my refrigerator for over a week, just shaming me for over buying fruit.

    Now, I can store them and assuage my guilt.

    Do you think that it would taste good sprinkled in coffee, maybe with a pastry?

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