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    Friday
    Sep072012

    Simply Luscious Lime Sugar

    So I know you’re asking yourself, “What in the world am I going to do with lime sugar?”  Well, not only will I be posting a recipe that calls for it soon, but once you’ve made it, you’ll be asking yourself, “Why have I never had lime sugar?”  It’s super simple, and amazingly delicious.  Not to mention it’s like an air freshener in a jar.  I should note that although I haven’t tried them yet, I’m sure orange, lemon, or even grapefruit would be just as fabulous. 

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    • 3 cups sugar
    • 2 Tablespoons lime zest

    Go ahead and zest your limes.  Obviously, the amount of zest you’re going to get from each one depends on what size the limes are.  Mine were fairly small, and I got about 1 Tablespoon per lime.  A really fine microplane works great for this because you want really tiny pieces. 

    When you remove the zest, be sure to only take the colored part.  The white stuff is bitter. 

     

    Put your sugar and zest into some kind of jar or container with a tight fitting lid. 

    Put the lid on, and shake the dickens out of it.  Seriously, think of it like a shake weight and work your arms out for a full minute or two.  Not only do you want everything evenly distributed, but the sugar beats the oil out of the zest releasing all that lime goodness. 

    Now just take the lid off and inhale.  It has to be one of the most amazing scents I’ve ever smelled.  After making fabulousness for which I made the lime sugar (and I made it with Elise Logan, so you know it was seriously good) I went on to find other uses for this amazing new creation.  I put some in my ice tea with mint, and I even sprinkled some on toast as you would with cinnamon sugar.  As good as Seeley’s cinnamon toast looked, I’m going to say it’s got nothing on lime sugar toast. 

     

     

    Reader Comments (5)

    One of the legacies from my grandparents' 30 years in Florida is candied grapefruit peel. They had a grapefruit tree in their yard that was a good 40 feet tall, and in good years would produce intimidating amounts of fruit. Many boxes were shipped to Elise and I in our younger married years. Almost better than the fresh fruit was the candied grapefruit peel that my grandmother would make - there's something intoxicatingly good about the combination of simple citrus and sugar. I'll have to locate the recipe and share it - I've got a hankering now. In the meantime, I'll have to make some lime sugar. =)

    September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHickepedia

    Holy crap on toast, yes!

    I've also made vanilla sugar this way, using the innards of one or two vanilla beans. Lovely in tea. Lime sugar in iced tea...

    September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSeeley deBorn

    just made lime sugar. Am aiming to use it as sanding sugar on sugar cookies, or perhaps replacing half the sugar in butter cookies. Mmmmm.

    September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElise Logan

    Update: Hickepedia and Munchkin made sugar cookies using the lime sugar today. They are really quite subtle in their lime flavor, which was something of a surprise. Also, if you let the cookies brown more, the sugar caramelizes more and the lime takes a back seat to the caramelization. So, if you are going to do this, plan to have fairly blonde cookies and definitely use the lime sugar for sanding sugar as well.

    September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElise Logan

    The puddin' is in the fridge... I'll bake it tonight after dinner... I cannot wait!! :) YUM

    September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnsha Kotyk

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