Out of the all the containers on my kitchen counter, this one is my favorite.
I first received this jar of vanilla sugar from my friend, Christie, and I’ve been keeping it going ever since.
This may be the easiest “recipe” I’ve posted.
To make vanilla sugar, you need two things:
1. A whole vanilla bean
No cooking, boiling, roasting…nothing.
Fill a container (with a lid) halfway with regular, white sugar. Add in an entire vanilla bean and top with more sugar.
Let this sit in the closed container for a few days so the oils and vanilla essence can get into the sugar.
And you’re done!
My favorite ways to use it:
– As regular sugar in baking (if I use this in baking, I leave out the vanilla extract).
– In smoothies.
– In homemade lattes.
– Sprinkled on fruit.
The best part is that you can just keep it going. Add more sugar when you’re running low. If you’ve had it for a while, you can replace the vanilla bean if you want.
Having vanilla sugar in the kitchen is fun. My sisters add it to their coffee when they visit, Nick loves it on fruit, and I like using it when I’m baking. It’s such an easy ingredient to have on hand, but it seems so special.
Vanilla sugar would make a great homemade gift for Christmas – it’s something that most people don’t have in their kitchens, but everyone could use.