You can put vanilla in all kinds of things and you won’t go wrong, but vanilla with lavender and citrus? This is a winning combination. I think it might be some kind of holy trifecta; at the very least it’s Three Musketeers status.
So, Lavender Vanilla + Lime Infused Sugar: let’s do this thing.
Sugar gets friendly with grated lime zest, culinary lavender, and vanilla bean.
Stir it up and you’ve got some fancy sugar. It’s easy and makes an elegant gift. Tea cookies? Scones? Stirred into a cup of tea, coffee or lemonade? When I brought this to the food swap, a swapper asked if she could use it as a sugar scrub. The answer is yes.
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 TBS culinary lavender
- 1 lime, zested (I like to use my microplane)
- 1 vanilla bean, scraped (see notes)
- Pour sugar into a bowl and add the culinary lavender, lime zest, and vanilla bean.
- Mix well, and then pour into airtight containers. Your infused sugar will last for several months when stored in a cool, dark place.
To scrape your vanilla bean, cut it in half lengthwise, and then scrape out each piece with a knife. I drag the dull side of my knife (or a butter knife) down the bean halves. I use a dull knife so that I don't cut through the bean, but you can also try gently using the sharp side of your knife, or a tea spoon. Experiment to see what works best for you, but take great care not to cut yourself or slice through the bean entirely.