Spun sugar

Spun sugar

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  • Makes enough for 1 cake
  • Easy
  • 20 minutes

One sure-fire way to impress your guests is adding spun sugar to your desserts. The golden nests are stunning to look at and delicious as well.


  • 200 g sugar

Cooking Instructions

1. Melt the sugar in a saucepan over a low heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Allow to stand for about 2 minutes.

2. Carefully dip a fork into the caramel. Working from a height and very quickly, drizzle the sugar over the handle of a wooden spoon so that the caramel makes strands over the handle. Cut them off at the top, shape into soft nests and place on a baking tray while you work.

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Photograph: Jan Ras
Production: Abigail Donnelly and Hannah Lewry
Food assistant: Josh van Zyl and Tahila Pillay

Abigail Donnelly Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly
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