Old English Spiced and Fruited Sugar for Apple Pies Etc!

READY IN: 24hrs 5mins
Recipe by French Tart

An easy spiced and fruited sugar, which really adds a "zing" to your apple pies, apple crumbles, cake toppings, baked desserts etc. This spiced sugar mix is based on a 400-year-old English recipe. Spiced sugars were extremely popular in England many centuries ago, they disguised a multitude of sins; and, as spices & citrus fruits were still new & seen as extremely exotic, they were held in high regard and enjoyed especially by Royalty and the Gentry!

Top Review by littlemafia

OMG! How great is this! Zaar should really have the option of more stars than just five because this one deserves a lot more. I used white sugar and I grated some ginger. Great flavor and I've only had it with plain sliced apples. Can't wait to try it in something else.I'm making a clafouti tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. If you have no dried citrus zest, first make your dried orange & lemon zest by placing into a warm oven (just after it has been turned off) and leaving it to dry over night; or, if it is summer, cover and leave outside. (Place zest on a tray lined with greaseproof paper.).
  2. When you are ready to make the spiced sugar, simply mix all the spices in with the sugar - mixing well.
  3. Add the dried citrus zest, pour into a clean jar or airtight container and keep in a dark, cool and dry place for up to 3-4 months.
  4. You can make this with fresh citrus zest if you do not intend to keep it for longer than a week or two.
  5. Use in: Apple and all types if Fruit Pies, Crumbles, Sprinkles for Cakes and Bakes, Baked Desserts, Mulled wine & hot Beverages, Fruit salads, Trifles, Compotes and Purees.

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