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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Lilac and Spruce Tip Honey Infused Vanilla Bundt Cake

 
Lilac and Spruce Tip Honey Infused Vanilla Bundt Cake

Spring is one of my favourite seasons to forage. There’s something of the change of season and renewed life that I just love immersing myself around. Spruce tips and lilac topping the list on items I love to bake with. Last spring, I made some infused lilac sugar, as well as, some infused spruce tip honey. That is how this cake happened. I went off searching to see if such a cake recipe existed. I’m not a natural baker so pulling together a cake batter from scratch was intimidating. I ended up coming across a lavender honey cake recipe by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs’ Lavender Honey Cake, which inspired me to develop with one.

This cake it ended up being a delicate and delightful celebration of spring. One in which I can’t wait to make again this spring!  

Lilac and Spruce Tip Honey Infused Vanilla Bundt Cake

Cake Batter

  • 2 ½ cups flour

  • 1 cup lilac infused sugar

  • 2 tbs spruce tip honey

  • ¼ cup finely chopped spruce tips

  • ½ cup butter

  • ¾ cup plain yogurt

  • ¼ cup whipping cream

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ tsp vanilla

  • 4 tsp baking powder

  • ½ tsp salt

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tbs finely chopped spruce tips

  • 1 tbs milk or cream

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Using a pastry brush, grease a 10-cup Bundt pan with melted butter and dust with flour. Make sure to coat every little crevasse. Tap out any excess flour.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, chopped spruce tips, and salt. In another bowl, use a hand blender (on medium speed) to beat together butter and vanilla until creamy. Add the sugar and honey and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time until incorporated. Turn the blender down low and add 1/3 of the flour mixture, beat until combined, followed by the cream, another 1/3 flour, then the yogurt, and the final 1/3 of the flour mixture. Pour the batter into the pan. Tap the pan on the counter to release any air bubbles and smooth out the top.

Bake 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. After 10 minutes, invert the cake on the rack to cool completely before icing.

To make the glaze, beat the sugar, spruce tips and milk on low speed. Add more sugar or milk to achieve your desired consistency.

Spruce Tips
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Lilac and Spruce Tip Honey Infused Vanilla Bundt Cake
Lilac and Spruce Tip Honey Infused Vanilla Bundt Cake
Lilac and Spruce Tip Honey Infused Vanilla Bundt Cake
Lilac and Spruce Tip Honey Infused Vanilla Bundt Cake
Lilac and Spruce Tip Honey Infused Vanilla Bundt Cake
Lilac and Spruce Tip Honey Infused Vanilla Bundt Cake
Lilac and Spruce Tip Honey Infused Vanilla Bundt Cake
Lilac and Spruce Tip Honey Infused Vanilla Bundt Cake
Lilac and Spruce Tip Honey Infused Vanilla Bundt Cake
Lilac and Spruce Tip Honey Infused Vanilla Bundt Cake