Basil is so frequently used in savory dishes that people often overlook how well it works in desserts. When sweetened up a bit, basil’s flavor closely resembles mint, but it has less breath-freshening intensity. I’ve made basil cupcakes in the past by creating basil syrups or infusing oils with basil. However, now that I’ve discovered basil sugar, it is my new preferred method for flavoring desserts with the herb.
Once you make the basil sugar, simply replace some or all of the sugar in your baked goods with the basil sugar to add a whole new complexity to your desserts. I can’t wait to share the strawberry basil cupcakes that I made with the basil sugar in this jar!
What You’ll Need To Make Basil Sugar
Basil Sugar Recipe
I got the basic basil sugar recipe proportions from Jana’s blog, Cherry Tea Cakes. However, the instructions below are slightly different from hers.
I love that Cherry Tea Cakes operates as a charity. Jana donates all of her profits to local food banks. She says, “Sometimes it’s a little, sometimes it’s a lot but it’s always an adventure.” If you enjoy this basil sugar, you ultimately have her to thank and you can do so by donating money via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or by donating to a local food bank.