Lilac Infused Sugar

 
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Lilac Infused Sugar

  • 1-2 cups Granulated sugar

  • ¾-1 cup Lilac blossoms

Pick the lilac blossoms when they are in their peak. I like to clip off the blossoms along with a little bit of the stems as lilacs need to be pruned once they are finished blooming. Once picked, I find it’s best to leave them outside for 10 minutes or so, just to let some of any unwanted bugs make their escape. Rinse the lilacs in cold water and shake any excess water off. Let dry for 1-2 hours. This will help keep the moisture to a minimum. The moisture will make the sugar hard as a rock as the sugar pulls the moisture from the blossoms as it dries.

Pick the blossoms off the stems of the plant, discarding all the stems and leaves. Place the blossoming in jar or bowl with a layer of sugar started. As you pick the lilacs, alternate with layers of sugar. Give it a good stir. Let the blossoms infuse for a week, stirring every day so the sugar stays loose. You can sifted off the flowers from the sugar if you like, however, I like to leave mine in for added lilac flavour. If the sugar has become too clumpy, I’ll often give it a quick buzz in a spice grinder as well.

How to use lilac sugar

Simply replace in one-for-one in any recipe whose flavour profile would pair well with lilac, such as:

  • Lilac and spruce tip bundt cake

  • Lilac dusted doughnuts filled with pistachio cream

  • Make a simple syrup for cocktails or summer drinks

  • Add to your favourite tea for a little something extra

  • Top a batch of sugar cookies with a little sugar sprinkle/candied flower

  • Lilac jelly

Inspirations are endless!

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Everything & More Seasoning

 
Everything Seasoning

The seasoning mix that will change your life. Maybe not your life, but it will change your baking. Quickly mix this everything seasoning in a matter of seconds to top on bagels, crackers, sourdough, hamburger buns, biscuits and more!

Everything and More Seasoning

  • 1 tbs chia seeds

  • 1 tbs poppy seeds

  • 1 tbs black sesame seeds

  • 1 tbs white sesame seeds

  • 1 tbs dried onion flakes

  • 1 tbs dried garlic flakes

  • 1-2 tsp flaked sea salt

Everything seasoning
Everything Seasoning
Everything Seasoning
Everything Seasoning
 

Orange Rose Butter

 
Orange Rose

Making homemade orange rose butter has become one of my favourite spring baking traditions. These fragrant first signs spring definitely recharges my foraging winter blues. The delegate petals of the wild rose pair oh so beautifully with citrus notes of orange. The perfect way to welcome a change of season. 

This butter is best paired over a freshly toasted piece of bread, drizzled with just the perfect amount of honey. 

Orange Rose Butter

  • 500 ml whipping cream

  • petals from ~ 15 wild roses

  • zest of one orange

  • pinch of salt

Place the whipping cream in a food processor and blend until the butter solids separate from the milk (forming buttermilk). Strain the butter out using a fine mesh sieve and rinse under cold water under it runs clear. Using a spatula or cheese cloth, squeeze as much of the liquid from the butter as possible. 

Mix in salt, orange zest and rose petals. Store in the fridge.

Don't throw out the buttermilk! You can use this in other recipes.  

Rose Butter
Orange rose butter
Orange rose butter
Orange rose butter
 

Cloudberry Puree with A Canadian Foodie

 

I spent an amazing day in the kitchen of Valerie Lugonja's from  a Canadian Foodie in February, along with Emily Mardell from Get Joyfull, baking with a remarkable Canadian berry Emily brought back from a trip to Newfoundland. These cloudberries, or bakedapples, were a treat for me. They don't grow where I live, and I was told they are pretty hard to get your hands on. I can only imagine if they did, I would be out foraging for them all the time! 

We spent the afternoon making a few different recipes. Most of which used a puree as the base. From caramels, to tarts, and cloudberry whipped cream. For the recipe we used for the cloudberry puree, visit Valerie's blog at https://www.acanadianfoodie.com/2018/02/23/cloudberry-puree/.  

Cloudberry Puree
Cloudberry Puree
Cloudberry Puree