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One lump or two?
If you’re a regular reader of my blog (thank you!) you’ll know that I love all things vintage or hark from times past. The sugar cube represents much of that, conjuring images of demure tea parties and petit fours.
Today’s DIY project is making darling little shaped sugar lumps much like sugar cubes. It’s so simple but will add a touch of whimsy the next time you serve coffee or tea. These would also make great hostess or teachers gifts. Simply place them in mason jars or cellophane bags tied with a ribbon.
You will need:
4 cups of granulated sugar
6 tsp of meringue powder (if you wish not to use meringue powder that is fine but it does harden the sugar better)
4 tbsp of water
Small shaped cutters, such as fondant cutters
Food colouring of your choice (as a baker I generally prefer gel food colouring but since you want a soft pastel colour that mixes evenly with the sugar, the regular ones you find at the grocery store is preferred)
You will notice in my demonstration, I have created 4 colours, which I distributed equally into each bowl with 1 cup of sugar, 1 tbsp of meringue powder, and 1 tbsp of water. If you wish to only use 2 colours or 1 colour, adjust the ratio of the recipe accordingly.
In each bowl of sugar, add the meringue powder, 1 drop of food colouring, and water (gain see my note above for ratios). To mix it really well, I used my hands. The end result should look like wet sand.
Pour the mixture onto your work surface of choice. I prefer to line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. I then covered with a sheet of parchment and covered with another cookie sheet. You must press down very hard to compact the sugar. I actually had my 5 year old walk over it! If you prefer to use another method, make sure you put the sugar on a flat surface and press down with your hands, a rolling pin or tamp down with the bottom of a glass or another plate.
I used a flower and star shape because that is what I had on hand. I think heart cutters would be absolutely darling and wished I had one. Cut out the shapes and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Let air dry or place in your oven at the lowest setting available for approximately 15 minutes. Once dried, these shapes will be extremely hard and quite sturdy.