Flavoured sugars are ridiculously fast and easy, and make a tasty, thoughtful gift when packaged in a vintage jar or glass sugar shaker.
Fresh rosemary sprigs, orange zest or vanilla beans
In the bowl of a food processor, pulse a few cups of granulated white sugar with a couple sprigs of rosemary, or try adding strips of orange zest or snipped vanilla beans. You don’t need to blend them completely, just enough to help the rosemary (or citrus, or vanilla) release its aroma. Let the sugar sit for at least an hour, or up to a day, then shake through a sieve to get rid of any solids. Package up the scented sugar and instruct the recipient to use it in cookies, sprinkled on cakes, stirred into tea… Once it’s on your shelf, you’ll dream up all kinds of uses.