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How to make powdered sugar

Granulated evaporated cane juice and homemade powdered sugar

QuickTips4csLast week, I showed you how I make brown sugar at home in just a few minutes. Today I’m sharing another money-saving, last-minute recipe-saving tip: How to make your own powdered sugar.

When I made my zesty, festive, holiday bread pudding one night, I discovered–too late–I was out of powdered sugar. Not to worry! Needing only a small amount, I measured out a quarter cup granulated sugar, poured it into my blender, set it to liquefy, and let it spin a few minutes.

The blender turns granulated evaporated cane juice into powdered sugar in minutes

The blender turns granulated evaporated cane juice into powdered sugar in minutes

Voilà! A quarter cup confectioner’s sugar to dust my golden bread pudding. In minutes we were oohing, ahhing and rolling our eyes in muffled “oh-so-good” delight.

Smooth powdered sugar, fresh from the blender

Smooth powdered sugar, fresh from the blender

Making powdered sugar at home is super easy: Pour up to one cup granulated sugar (I use organic evaporated cane juice, aka turbinado sugar) into a food processor or blender. Cover. Turn it on high, and in 3-5 minutes, you’ll have heavenly soft powdered sugar.

Use a wide-mouthed funnel and spatula to scrape the powdered sugar into a storage jar with no mess

Use a wide-mouthed funnel and spatula to scrape the powdered sugar into a storage jar with no mess

Store any leftovers in an air-tight Fido jar. It keeps for weeks. In fact, now that I bake sweets less often, I’ve found it keeps for months!

Take 1 cup ordinary granulated sugar, like this evaporated cane juice, whisk it in the blender on high for a few minutes, and you get 1 cup powdered sugar

One cup evaporated cane juice makes one cup powdered sugar

 

My thanks to Nancy Gaifyllia on About.com. Years ago I found her recipe for making powdered sugar at home, along with a few more suggestions for making the most of your powdered sugar.

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4 Comments

  1. Hi Kathryn,
    Thanks for sharing this valuable tip. i don’t use powdered sugar very often so don’t keep it on hand – this is a great way to make some for those rare occasions I need it. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted! .

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    • You’re welcome. Like you, I rarely use the stuff, so a package or box usually turned to sugar rocks before I learned how to make just enough when I need it. Thank you for sharing!

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