6 delicious ways to use sparkling sugar
- Summertime Peach Pie will have a lovely, sweet/crunchy top crust.
- Brush shaped scone dough with milk or cream.
- Sprinkle with sparkling sugar.
- Cut into wedges.
- Bake and enjoy Simple Scones!
- Bake into tender, moist Blueberry Muffins.
- And let’s not forget yeast breads. This delightful raisin focaccia is topped with sparkling sugar just before it goes into the oven. Serve it warm, for a special breakfast treat.
Prepare the focaccia dough as directed in Golden Focaccia. Spray a large baking sheet (about 18" x 13") with non-stick vegetable oil spray, but don’t drizzle it with olive oil. Shape the dough into a rough rectangle, and place it on a lightly greased work surface. Spread the dough with about 1 1/3 cups golden raisins, leaving about 1" bare all around the edges. Fold two opposite edges into the center, like you’re folding a letter; then fold the two ends into the center, again like a letter. You will have made a raisin-filled square. Gently press to flatten.
Place the raisin-filled focaccia onto the prepared pan, and gently flatten it some more. Wait 15 minutes, and flatten again, pressing it as flat as you can without exposing the raisins; you should be able to press this soft dough over much of the surface of the pan. Allow the focaccia to rise, covered, for 2 to 3 hours. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 400°F.
Just before baking, spritz the focaccia heavily with warm water, and sprinkle with 1/2 cup white sparkling sugar. Bake as directed.