If you love easy like I love easy, this orange sugar is going to be your new favorite thing. With just two ingredients, you can pull it together in just five minutes.
Once you’ve zested the oranges, use the juice to make some of this delicious orange liqueur!
This is one of those no-waste recipes that allows us to enjoy a part of the orange that might otherwise be tossed in the compost. Orange sugar also makes a sweet little gift!
Making orange sugar
Have I mentioned how easy this is? You’ll need two ingredients, a small mixing bowl, and an airtight container in which to store the finished product.
Sugar — Use granulated sugar for this recipe. Regular table sugar works, but if you’ll be using this for sprinkling on baked goods, a slightly coarser sugar with larger crystals will give a bit more crunch. I prefer to use an organic sugar.
Orange zest — This is the colored part of the orange peel. You’ll want to use just the zest, not the white part inside the skin, which can be bitter. It’s important to point out that you’ll want to zest the orange before you use the flesh. You’ll have a difficult time doing this step with loose peels!
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As you can see, I used a microplaner to accomplish this, but there are a number of methods you can use. I go into detail on how to zest an orange here.
Mix it up!
Combine sugar and zest in a small mixing bowl. Use a fork to thoroughly combine the ingredients, then store orange sugar in an airtight container.
Using orange sugar
- Use it to top your favorite muffin recipe (like these orange muffins!)
- Stir it into tea
- Sprinkle it on buttered toast
- Press some into sugar cookies before you bake them
- Sprinkle it on ice cream
- Use it as part (or all) of the sugar in your favorite baked goods
As gifts go, this is one of the nicest, easiest, least expensive gifts you can make in your kitchen. Choose a decorative jar, fill it with sugar, and tie on a tag! Super simple. If you wanted to, you could package it with a loaf of fresh bread and instructions to make orange sugar toast!
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- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange zest (from 1 orange)
- Measure sugar into a small bowl.
- Zest orange using a microplane or the smallest side of a box grater.
- Stir together until well combined.
- Store in an airtight container. Use within a month or so, as the flavor of the orange zest will dissipate over time.
Allow for extra time required for gift packaging, if that's what you plan to do with it!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g