The Magic of Vanilla Sugar
This Vanilla Sugar recipe is an excellent way to infuse your sugar with loving vibrations. With its tantalizing scent, vanilla is both soothing and comforting. Yet its seductive flavor is exhilarating enough to take even the most mundane recipes and turn it into an exciting, self-indulgent affair.
For instance, try a little vanilla sugar stirred into your cup of hot cocoa. It goes from being a cozy beverage on a cold day to a reason to luxuriate in a resplendent experience. Or perhaps use the vanilla sugar instead of plain old sugar in your homemade sugar scrub. This takes your sugar scrub from just another part of your beauty regime to a deluxe, aromatherapy-infused self-care session.
Needless to say, vanilla provides a sumptuous accent and refines the flavor of almost anything you add it to. Usually, anything that requires the added sweetness that sugar provides can also stand to have a little taste of vanilla incorporated. Thus, adding vanilla to sugar is simply a natural evolution to a common ingredient that makes perfect sense.
Magical Ways to Use Vanilla Sugar
Making vanilla sugar will take your plain old sugar to the next level. Vanilla is quite the complementary ingredient. It blends seamlessly into almost any dessert or beverage that calls for sugar. Not to mention vanilla sugar incredibly easy to make.
Think of all the places you use sugar. Perhaps you like to add a couple of teaspoons of sugar to your morning coffee or tea. Or maybe you’re a baking fanatic, with plenty of sugar on hand to make those vanilla sugar cookies your friends can’t live without.
Now imagine if the flavor of vanilla enhanced that sugar. Your morning coffee routine becomes more than just a pick-me-up ritual to a rich and energizing experience. Those sugar cookies have a little extra or that luxurious, caramel taste.
Additionally, what makes vanilla sugar so remarkable is that it makes a creative and fantastic gift – especially during the holiday season. You can thoughtfully impress your friends with a nicely wrapped mason jar of vanilla sugar – don’t forget the bow! Besides, during the winter cold, vanilla provides a unique way to warm the heart and home. Your friends will undoubtedly appreciate it.
Vanilla Sugar Recipe
- 2 cups Granulated Sugar
- 1 Vanilla Bean
- Cut the vanilla bean lengthwise. Cut deep enough to expose the center, but not too deep as to cut through the other side.
- Spread open the vanilla pod. At this point you can remove the seeds inside the vanilla pod using a knife or leave them as is.
- Completely cover your vanilla bean with the sugar. Store the mixture in an airtight container.
- Place your vanilla sugar in a cool, dark place for at least two weeks. However, do note that the longer you store the mixture, the deeper the vanilla flavor will be.
- Feel free to keep the vanilla bean in the sugar for as long as you'd like. You can even refill the container with more sugar using the same vanilla bean.
- Be sure to pay attention to when the vanilla bean is no longer providing flavor to the sugar, at which case you can remove it.
- If you’re not a fan of refined sugar, you can use sugar alternatives interchangeably without any consequence.
- Although the recipe calls for either fresh or dried vanilla beans, fresh vanilla beans may be hard to come by. Feel free to use dried vanilla beans as they will work just as well.
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