Vanilla sugar is mostly a homemade item.
Vanilla sugar is a term used by cooks for sugar that is flavored with a vanilla bean.
You can make vanilla sugar at home very easily by splitting a vanilla bean, scraping out the seeds -- use them in a recipe -- and burying the split vanilla bean into a container of sugar.
Cover tightly, and, after about a week, the vanilla bean will have flavored the sugar with a delicious vanilla scent and taste that will improve everything from a coffee cake or cookie topping to a cup of hot cocoa.
Vanilla sugar is also good as a substitute for regular sugar in scones, quick breads, or almost anything that would benefit from a vanilla undertone.
- 4 cups sugar
- 3 to 4 vanilla beans
When I made my batch of Vanilla Sugar I noted that the vanilla beans if fresh are quite moist. I used a sharp paring knife, halved vanilla beans lengthwise. Scrape vanilla seeds from the pod onto a cutting board using the side of the knife. Then I put a small pile of sugar on to my cutting board and using my finger tips or a fork, I evenly distribute the seeds as best I could through layer of sugar filling my jar about 2 cups at a time. I have a few big container as I am going to use this for holiday gifts.
Place sugar in a medium bowl. Cover and store in an airtight container up to 3 months.
Vanilla Extract I make each year for gifts.