Baking Spice Blends: Orange Vanilla Sugar
Originally meant for coffee and tea, this blend is a terrific substitute for sugar in baking. Use it in your favorite recipes for ice cream, icing, glazes, cookies, cakes, pies, and fruit breads.
Ingredients: Cane Sugar, Special Pure Orange Extract (alcohol, water, and orange oil), and vanilla extract (water, vanilla, propylene glycol, and caramel color).
My first encounter with ORANGE VANILLA SUGAR was at the Hotel Maria Delordes in Cancun, Mexico. Apparently, this very old Inn had a long history of serving English Vacationers and had long ago instituted an afternoon High Tea. After a day of failing to find the ruins of Tulum, we decided to treat ourselves. To sweeten your tea, ice tea, or coffee, they had a sugar which was flavored with oranges and vanilla beans. This confection also adorned some of the sweets served with tea, such as their almond and Spanish wedding cookies.
Recipes for our Orange Vanilla Sugar.
- 6 Clementines, chopped
- 3/4 cup butter melted
- 1 tbsp ORANGE VANILLA SUGAR
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
In medium bowl, combine all ingredients but fruit. Press ½ of this mixture into 8x8 in. microwave-safe baking dish. Microwave on HIGH for 2 min. Add clementines and crumble remaining mixture on top. Microwave on HIGH 2 to 4 min or until set (check after 2 min). Let stand 20 min before cutting.
- 1 tsp Orange Vanilla Sugar
- 1/3 cup whipped cream or yogurt
Blend thoroughly. Best when left to sit 1 hour before enjoying.
Photo Credit: Julie Cecchini