Vanilla Bean Sugar Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 whole vanilla bean (Madagascar or Tahitian varieties are ideal for their rich flavor)

Equipment

  • Airtight jar or container (glass is preferred)
  • Small sharp knife
  • Food processor or spice grinder (optional, for the finest texture)

Instructions

Method 1: Traditional Infusion

  • Split the bean: Carefully slice the vanilla bean lengthwise using a sharp knife.
  • Scrape the seeds: Gently scrape out the sticky seeds from the inside of the pod.
  • Jar the ingredients: Add the sugar, the vanilla bean seeds, and the empty pod to your airtight container.
  • Seal and infuse: Seal the jar tightly and store in a cool, dark place for at least 2-3 weeks. The longer you infuse, the stronger the vanilla flavor will be. Shake the jar occasionally.
  • Replenish: As you use the vanilla sugar, you can add fresh sugar to the jar and continue to use the spent vanilla pod for further infusion.

Method 2: Quick and Fine

  • Split and scrape: Repeat steps 1 & 2 from the traditional method.
  • Process: Combine sugar and vanilla bean seeds in a food processor or spice grinder. Pulse until the vanilla bean is finely ground and distributed evenly throughout the sugar.
  • Store: Pour the vanilla sugar into your airtight jar. It’s ready to use immediately!

Tips:

  • Quality bean = Quality sugar: For the best flavor, use high-quality, plump vanilla beans.
  • Experiment: You can adjust the ratio of vanilla beans to sugar for a stronger or milder intensity.
  • Avoid brown sugar (usually): Granulated sugar gives the most neutral base for the vanilla flavor to shine through. Brown sugar can work, but its molasses notes might be a bit strong.
  • Gift it! Homemade vanilla sugar makes a lovely and thoughtful gift for any baker in your life.

How to Use Vanilla Sugar:

  • Baking: Substitute 1:1 for regular sugar in cookies, cakes, muffins, etc.
  • Coffee/tea: Stir a spoonful into your favorite drinks.
  • Whipped cream or frosting: Add a delicious vanilla boost.
  • Fruit: Sprinkle over fresh berries for a simple, elegant dessert.

Enjoy the delicious aroma and flavor of your homemade vanilla sugar!

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