Monday, April 18, 2011

Vanilla Sugar

It almost seems silly to call this a recipe because it is so simple and only involves two ingredients. In many European countries, you can just buy vanilla sugar at the grocery store. But here in the U.S., it is very hard to come by, so we need to make our own. You can add vanilla sugar to just about any recipe that calls for regular granulated sugar, and it adds extra warmth and smoothness. It is delicious.
You can use whole, unused vanilla beans to make vanilla sugar, or you can use the leftover pod once you've scraped out the seeds. Or even if you've used the whole beans to flavor a custard, you can still use it to flavor sugar -- just be sure it is completely dry before adding it to the jar.

Vanilla Sugar

from French Farmhouse Cookbook

  • 8 cups sugar (I used organic cane sugar)
  • 2 fresh vanilla beans or 4 used vanilla beans
Pour the sugar into an airtight container, and push the vanilla beans down into the sugar. Cover and let ripen for at least 1 week. Replenish the sugar as you use it, pouring out the sugar that is already flavored, adding new sugar to the container, and topping it with the flavored sugar. Replace the vanilla beans once every 2 months.

1 comment:

  1. Simple and yet tasty...this is a great idea...and your pictures are awesome. Have a great week ahead :-)


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