To make a glaze using granulated sugar, bring 1/4 cup of water to a simmer, and add 1 cup of sugar, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Various flavorings can also be added to the glaze.
A sugar glaze is a relatively easy way to finish off a variety of desserts. Breads, pastries, cookies or cakes can all be made even better by using the right glaze to top them. It is typical to use powdered (confectioner's) sugar to make a glaze simply because it dissolves faster and easier than granulated sugar, but as long as the sugar is allowed to dissolve completely, the final result is the same.
For a flavored glaze, add juice or flavoring in place of some of the water. If you wish to top a lemon poppy-seed bread with a lemon glaze, for example, the amount of flavoring needed depends on the type of flavoring used (1 tablespoon of lemon juice equals 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract), so you add the amount of flavoring needed and finish filling the cup with water to equal 1/4 cup. Bring the water to a simmer, add 1 cup of sugar, and stir until dissolved.
There are practically endless possibilities for creating flavored glazes. Consider using espresso to create a sugar glaze for a chocolate bundt cake, or make an eggnog glaze to top your holiday sugar cookies.