It’s official, we are now into the season of homemade goodness. This is a simple, sweet and spicy little treat to gift or to keep. I adapted it from a recipe of Donna Hay. If you don’t know Donna Hay – she is a food editor and cookbook author from Australia. She creates some of the most visually stunning magazines and cookbooks around.
The ingredients alone look festive – don’t they? I’m using 7 ounce canning jars which are a perfect size for gift giving but feel free to use whatever size you have on hand and adapt the recipe as you need. This is an “assemble only” project – no need for a stove or other kitchen appliance.
The following ingredients will make one 7 ounce jar of spiced sugar. I use pure cane organic sugar because I really love the slight molasses taste and light blonde color of the sugar. You can substitute superfine white sugar instead. It is totally up to you and your tastes.
In a bowl mix together the following ingredients:
1 cup of pure cane organic sugar (I use Domino)
3 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks broken in half (so they fit into the jars)
1 vanilla bean split and cut in half (so it fits into the jar)
1 tsp of ground ginger
Decant your sugar mixture into your container and tie on some twine and a jingle bell or two. Use this spicy/sweet mixture to liven up a cup of tea or coffee. Sprinkle on oatmeal or over baked goodies. It tastes warm and sweet and just like winter.
ps: Let your sugars sit on the shelf for a least a week before you use them or give them as a gift. The longer they sit the better they get. (I forgot to add this little bit of info to my post)