Vanilla Sugar Recipe
Vanilla puts a fine, sumptuous accent on almost anything it is added to. Likewise, almost anything that requires the added sweetness that sugar provides can also stand to have a little taste of vanilla incorporated as well. Adding vanilla to sugar is simply a natural evolution to a common ingredient that makes perfect sense.
- 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.