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Old 01-30-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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What can I do with my box of crystal sugar?

Hi,

I wasn't sure which forum to post this question in...

I have two boxes of crystal (not crystalized) sugar. This is like tiny bits of rock candy. I can't even remember why I bought it, but it has been hanging around for a while...

I have tried using it to sweeten hot drinks, but it unfortunately doesn't dissolve very well at all.

Any suggestions as to what I could use it for?

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Alex R.

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Old 01-30-2011, 11:18 AM   #2
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I use that type of sugar when making certain types of cookies... I roll the dough in the sugar before baking...
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:06 PM   #3
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It's very, very pretty on top of cookies, muffins and fruit galettes! Like this:

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Old 01-30-2011, 06:17 PM   #4
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Make your own caramel sauce for ice cream, or put it in hot drinks!

2 cups sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dash salt

Heat all ingredients except vanilla to boiling in heavy 4-quart Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring constantly; reduce heat slightly.

Boil about 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until sugar is dissolved and mixture is light caramel colored.

Stir in vanilla. Cool about 30 minutes. Serve warm. Store covered in refrigerator up to 2 months. Reheat slightly before serving if desired.

If you want to try to cut out some of the fat, you could sub half and half, but I would caramelize the sugar, then add the half and half if you do that, or it might curdle from being boiled for that length of time. Otherwise, this caramel sauce is divine!! The darker you let it get, the thicker it will be. If you let it get fairly dark, it makes great caramel for dipping apples in too!
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:59 PM   #5
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Use it as the sugar that is torched/caramelized over creme brulee.

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Old 01-31-2011, 02:20 PM   #6
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Simmer with water for a simple syrup for sweetening drinks.

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Old 01-31-2011, 02:36 PM   #7
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You could make Humming Bird food.
All you need to make it is water and red food coloring. Having the feeder helps.

The Humming Birds get used to it being kept in one spot.
I've several that have made nests close by.

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Old 01-31-2011, 04:01 PM   #8
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You could make Humming Bird food.
All you need to make it is water and red food coloring. Having the feeder helps.

The Humming Birds get used to it being kept in one spot.
I've several that have made nests close by.

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Great idea, just make sure the ratio of sugar to water is correct- they are fragile little creatures and can easily become dehydrated if the concentration of sugar is too high
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:07 PM   #9
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Paint egg wash on top pie crust and sprinkle on the sugar before baking.
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:12 PM   #10
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I think that "keep the humming bird feeder in one spot" is one of those old wives tales. =)~ Our hummers don't care where ours is, they always find it!
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