Simple Sweet Dessert: Use Flavored Sugar on Summer Fruit

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Summer is a great time to host a dinner party. For one, everyone likes getting out and about when it's sunny and warm outside. But more importantly for us relaxed (read lazy) cooks, is since so much of summer's produce shines on its own, putting together a meal couldn't be easier! And dessert should be no exception; practice a no cook dinner party and serve simple fresh fruit sprinkled with your own flavored sugar.

Flavoring sugar can be as easy as adding herbs like mint or rosemary (vanilla beans and lavender sprigs work great, too) to white sugar and letting it sit until it smells and tastes fragrant. 

For a more potent result, blend the herb with the sugar using a mortar and pestle or a food processor, like Emily does with her mint sugar. Serve alongside fresh berries, peaches, and even watermelon (and fresh whipped cream for a bonus) for a simple no-cook dessert. 

What's your favorite flavored sugar?

(Image: Flickr user Dinner Series licensed for use under Creative Commons)