Lemon Zest Sugar with Cardamom

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Lemon Zest Sugar with Cardamom packs a very lemony punch with an added aromatic zing from the cardamom.

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Lemon Zest Sugar with Cardamom

First you will need to get the cardamom seeds out of the pods by pressing them with the flat edge of a knife.

To help with the texture of the sugar, it’s beneficial to both crush the cardamom seeds in a mortar and pestle and then pulse them in a spice grinder. This makes sure there aren’t any large pieces of cardamom in the sugar.

Yuzu Essence tastes like the brining liquid of preserved lemons to me. It has a strong citrus flavor and is extremely salty. A little salt can really enhance sweets so I think the Yuzu Essence’s flavor and saltiness up the lemon punch. It is optional though, so if you can’t find any, no worries!

Using Lemon Zest Sugar with Cardamom in your baked goods, like this Lemon Chess Pie, or in beverages will automatically add an extra kick of flavor.

Side shot view of a fork stuck in a slice of Lemon Chess Pie on a plate.

Cocktails and Mocktails

I have a series of infused sugar and shrub recipes coming up that will all be used in a DIY Gin Bar. This Lemon Zest Sugar with Cardamom is one of those.

Make simple syrups with it to add to drinks or muddle it with herbs and shake it up to add an extra layer of flavor.

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Here are all the recipes that are part of the DIY Gin Bar!

Infused Sugars

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Lemon Zest Sugar with Cardamom

Lemon Zest Sugar with Cardamom packs a very lemony punch
with an added aromatic zing from the cardamom.
Servings 1 cup
Prep Time 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 20 cardamom pods
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Meyer lemon zest*
  • 1 teaspoon Yuzu Essence optional

Instructions

  • Use the flat edge of a knife to press on the cardamon pods. Pry the pods open and empty out the seeds into a mortar and pestle and crush them with the pestle.
  • Add crushed cardamom seeds to a spice grinder along with 1 tablespoon sugar. Pulse until the cardamom seeds are equally dispersed and smaller.
  • Add the mixture to a food processor along with the rest of the sugar and pulse.
  • Add the lemon zest and Yuzu Essence to the food processor. Pulse until incorporated and then lay out on a baking sheet to dry out the sugar. Store in an airtight jar.

Notes

  • You can also use regular lemon zest if you can’t get a hold of any Meyer lemons.
  • Yuzu Essence tastes like the brining liquid of preserved lemons to me. It has a strong citrus flavor and is extremely salty.
Author: Megan Wells
Course: Sides and Snacks
Keyword: beverages, desserts, infused sugar, quick and easy
Lemon Zest Sugar with Cardamom packs a very lemony punch with an added aromatic zing from the cardamom. | Lemon Sugar | How to Make | Infused Sugar | #megiswell #meganwellsphotography | www.megiswell.com
Lemon Zest Sugar with Cardamom packs a very lemony punch with an added aromatic zing from the cardamom. | Lemon Sugar | How to Make | Infused Sugar | #megiswell #meganwellsphotography | www.megiswell.com
Lemon Zest Sugar with Cardamom packs a very lemony punch with an added aromatic zing from the cardamom. | Lemon Sugar | How to Make | Infused Sugar | #megiswell #meganwellsphotography | www.megiswell.com

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