Nov 23, 2011

Recipe for: Mint-flavored Sugar

FROM THE KITCHEN OF: Isabel Canfield
TOTAL TIME: 5 min to prepare
1 cup of sugar

It’s sometimes the annoying little details that people love and appreciate. Berries with mint-flavored sugar is one of them.

This time of the year, fresh and sweet berries may be hard to come by, but here’s a way to have it all with mint-flavored sugar. People love adding sugar to their fruit, myself included. But adding mint-flavored sugar is even better. I prepared this for my sister’s brunch baby shower. Fruit is a must so I used a medley of berries, which consisted of sliced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. I placed them in a nice stark-white bowl and sprinkled the mint-flavored sugar right on top. It was absolutely beautiful. The green bits of mint peaked through the sugar. The sugar was a little crumbly from the moisture from the mint. It was a little detail that added a refreshing flavor to a regular bowl of fruit.

1 cup sugar
20 fresh mint leaves

1. Process sugar with mint. In a food processor, add the sugar and approximately 20 mint leaves. Be sure the mint leaves are super dry. Pulse the sugar with the mint leaves until the mint has been broken down into little bits. This will only take a minute or so.

I love my Cuisinart food processor/blender duo. If you’re interested in purchasing one, I totally recommend this one even though there were some not-so-good reviews on Bed Bath and Beyond

2. Store in a container. Transfer the mint-flavored sugar into an air-tight container. The sugar will keep well for a few days. I made this batch the day before use, which helped the mint flavor the sugar even more.

3. Sprinkle over fruit. When you’re ready to serve your fruit, sprinkle the sugar right on top. It’s a beautiful and tasty thing right over a mix of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries all purchased from Costco.

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  • I love, love, loved this (as I told you at the party). It is a great example of taking a simple method and elevating it.

    • Isabel

      Thank you, Sarah! So glad a fellow cook/foodie loved it! Thanks again for coming to the shower!

  • The fruit topped with this mint flavore sugar was the highlight of the baby shower. O M G it was delicious.

  • I put some of this in my oatmeal this morning…… O MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM G it was DELICIOUS!

  • This is SO yummy. I might have to buy a food processor just so I can make it!

    • Isabel

      Even buy a small food processor for less than $20. You don’t need a heavy duty one to make this!

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  • Hi!
    I’m looking to make a mint flavored cake that uses fresh mint somehow rather than extract; do you think the flavoring here is strong enough to come through if baked in a cake?


    • Isabel

      To be honest, I’m not really sure! I don’t want to stir you in the wrong direction. But, I think if you use enough fresh mint and possibly mash it up, the flavor might come through. I’m curious to see if that would work. Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you, but I’m sure it’ll turn out delicious either way! Good luck!

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