Wanna look cool and impress people with only a little bit of effort?! Me too! Making flavored sugar is one way to do that. It's really easy and they add a lot to the different dishes you're making.
Making a lemon pie? Use lemon sugar! Making an orange tart? Use some orange sugar! I love using the vanilla bean sugar in my coffee. (I think I need to go make a cup of coffee)
The peel of 1 orange and/or lemon (little to no white on it)
Enough plain white sugar to fill whatever container you're using, I used a mason jar
Lay the citrus peel out to dry for a couple of hours. Moisture is not going to be the best friend of this sugar. Letting it dry will keep the sugar from caking up.
After the peel has dried some layer the peel and sugar in a jar.
I like to let the peel sit out in the air, on top of a paper towel for at least half an hour. This helps keep the sugar was caking up.
Seal up the jar and let it sit for a couple of weeks. I like to shake mine every couple of days so that the flavor will get all over everything.
Vanilla Bean Sugar:
1 vanilla bean per container. Again, I used mason jars.
Enough sugar for your container
Split the vanilla bean down the middle. All of the goodness is inside that little pod.
Fill your container up half way with sugar, stick the vanilla bean in the jar and fill the rest of the container up. Let sit for a couple of weeks and enjoy.