Taste Test: Fusion Sugar

mptcA recent trip to a cabin at the lake provided a chance to stop in Stillwater, Minnesota.  Always hoping to find something unique, there was pleasure in stumbling on the My Spice and Tea Co.

Open for over a year they proudly carry the finest spices and herbs along with, specialty coffees and teas as well as, gourmet salts and sugars.  Nancy, the owner, shared with me that their Fusion Sugars are infused with unique flavors and work well in a variety of ways.  They can be used for a twist of flavor in sweetening your coffee, to replace BBQ sauce when grilling meats, to add an extra zing to the rim of a martini or margarita glass, or to add an unexpected flash of flavor to your favorite sugar cookie recipe.

Nancy mentioned the most interesting and most popular way they dress up sugar cookies is with the Habanero Fusion Sugar.  The sweet and spicy flavor combination takes everyone by surprise.  I shared with her that I had just tried a Key Lime Pie Martini during a recent client event.  To that she said their Lime Fusion Sugar would be a great thing to add to the rim of the glass for that kind of martini.

IMG_5636 copyIMG_7171 copyWith ideas running wild for how to use these sugars, the Espresso, Dark Cocoa and Strawberry Fusion Sugar flavors made the trek back home.  The sugar cookies featured in the photo were made with a pre-packaged mix and they were VERY good.  Favorite flavor for the sugar cookies was Espresso Fusion Sugar.  Dark Cocoa Fusion Sugar became the favorite in coffee.  Dark Cocoa Fusion Sugar was LOVED as a topper to a bowlful of plain vanilla ice cream.  Typically when you make homemade pita chips to use with homemade fruit salsa the recipe will call for using cinnamon and sugar for the pita chips.  For fun Dark Cocoa Fusion Sugar was replaced in the recipe and became the new favorite way to make homemade pita chips.  The Strawberry Fusion Sugar tasted great when rimming the glass of a strawberry margarita.

If you are looking for something unique to spice up your holiday baking – we suggest you check out My Spice and Tea Co as you can order their Fusion Sugars and other products online.  Topping your holiday sugar cookies with Habanero Fusion Sugar is a sure way to kick up Christmas!

And while we used a pre-packaged mix for our taste test you could easily make the sugar cookies homemade using Suzanne’s Sugar Cookies from our website.  Or, below is a No Roll Sugar Cookie recipe Nancy provided to me.  She suggests cutting the recipe in half as it makes 10-12 dozen cookies!  About this recipe Nancy also shared…..

This recipe came from my children’s Great Grandmother Alden.  It’s a wonderful classic “no roll” sugar cookie.  What we’ve done here at Spice & Tea Co. is spice it up a bit by using our fusion sugars to top the cookies! Our top pick fusions to use have been our Habanero and Espresso sugars!  Followed closely by our Lemon, Raspberry, Cinnamon, Strawberry and Dark Cocoa.  It’s a fun way to enjoy an old favorite!

Spice and Tea Co. No Roll Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:
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1 lb butter or margarine
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1 c powdered sugar
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1 c sugar
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2 eggs
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2 tsp vanilla
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4 c + 4 T flour
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1 tsp cream of tarter
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1 tsp baking soda
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1 tsp salt (I use Spice & Tea Co. Pacific Blue Kosher Flake)

Cream together the first 5 ingredients until light and fluffy. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until blended.  It’s best to refrigerate the dough for an hour so it’s easier to handle.  Roll into small balls and roll into the sugar of your choice!  Flatten with a glass bottom.  Bake at 350° for 10 min. or until lightly golden on the edges. 

Spice & Tea Co.shopping list:

·         1.5 oz pkg Pacific Blue Kosher Flake salt

·         2 oz pkg of the fusion sugar/s that you want! (We have Dark Cocoa, Cinnamon, Espresso, Ginger, Habanero, Lemon, Lime, Raspberry, Strawberry, Toasted Coconut, Vanilla Bean and Wild Blueberry).

 

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