Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tangerine Sugar

 Up until now, I never gave tangerines much thought. My memory of them stretches way back to my days in grade school where I would, occasionally, find one packed in my lunch bag. I remember them being easy to peel, but rather dry and stringy.  The strings would entwine themselves around my pudgy little fingers making this my least favorite of all the fruits. More often than not, after a few segments were consumed, the remainder went into the trash. 

Oh, Ojai Pixie Tangerines, where have you been all my life?!  I am a slave to these spherical wonders. They are easy-to-peel, with no annoying pith (take note, grade schoolers!), and so shockingly sweet that you won't believe this luscious treat is good for you. This is what I imagine tangerines in the Garden of Eden must have tasted like. Well, I confess, I am in love with them.  

So when I saw this blog post on the Melissa's Produce website, I just knew that I had to give the citrus sugar a try, using the tangerines. It. Is. Heaven!  First of all, the aroma is indescribable. Sometimes I take the lid off of the container and just take a whiff. Clearly there is something to the connection between aromas and emotion because I find myself feeling rather blissful after only one whiff. 
Use it to sweeten tea (and do float some slices of tangerine in your tea pitcher, or glass, and you will feel transported to a tropical paradise where the sand is warm and white, and tangerines can be plucked, at will from the trees overhead).  
For breakfast, set the cinnamon sugar aside and sprinkle this on buttered toast in the morning; it is sunshine on a plate. Use it to top biscuits, scones, or perhaps sprinkle some of top of sugar cookies. Go bold! (And go get some.  NOW!)

Tangerine Sugar

2 tablespoons zest from Ojai Pixie Tangerines (about 3)
1 cup granulated sugar

In a small bowl, mix ingredients together thoroughly until well blended.  Store in an air tight container.


~~louise~~ said...

I must admit, Pattie, I was never much of a tangerine fan as a kid either. It just never seemed like they were worth it even if the were easy to peel.

I love the idea of Tangerine Sugar though. Just think of the possibilities! (I'm sure you have:)

Thank you so much for sharing, Pattie... said...

That sounds like heaven! Tangerine slices and tangerine sugar in iced tea, I will be right over!

Lulu said...

I have a friend who's recently started experimenting with tangerine peels and has done some very tasty things with them. I'm thinking of her cake!

Joy Bee said...

Mmmm I can almost smell it from my computer. This sounds great I guess you could do this with any kind of citrus. I have to try this. Pinning.

racheld said...

There's a box of Cherubs right here behind me in the corner, and I'd never have thought to zest them, for the skin seems so thin. Off to get the finest-blade microplane and give it a try. I know there are also some oranges, and perhaps a lemon and a lime in the fridge . . .

This could possibly be damp enough to make some tiny, fragrant Easter Eggs as an experiment.

Endless possibilities you kindle, and imagination sparks galore.

Thank you !


Lisa Boyle said...

What a great idea. It sounds really good! :-) Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I look forward to seeing what you'll share this week.

Elizabeth Cowie said...

Im in the midst of making citrus salts and now Im thinking I better add some citrus sugar to the collection- fantastic!

Mary said...

Love this Pattie! I'll be on the look out for these pixie tangerines :)