Vanilla bean meet sugar. In two weeks these sweet crystals will be smoldering with fragrant, rich vanilla.
This is an uncomplicated and happy union.
I’m a fan of fresh vanilla beans. I’ve said this here before: if you haven’t split open a fresh vanilla bean pod and inhaled that first heady waft of rich vanilla…then maybe put it on your bucket list. This is a simple, rewarding pleasure.
Vanilla Sugar takes about 6 minutes to make. Plus two weeks. You’re supposed to wait till the sugar and the vanilla beans and pods get super into each other and go steady. I can’t say I’ve always waited that long to start adding a little Vanilla Sugar to my morning cortados. That just wouldn’t be true.
Sprinkle it on fresh berries. Festoon some cookie dough with Vanilla Sugar just before baking. Use it to sweeten and vanilla-fy your coffee, tea, whatnot. Add a spoonful to a savory sauce to add sweet balance.
Vanilla Sugar can be stored in an airtight container. I like to give it a shake or open the container up and stir the sugar a bit every once in a while during the two weeks of steeping.
This also gives you an opportunity to snitch a bit for your coffee or berries or something if you’re that sort of person. In which case…you’re the right kind of sinner, sugar taker. And if you need a musical interlude those highlighted words will take you there. Invincible winner.
I’m storing my nyc stash of Vanilla Sugar in a small jar that once held jam homemade by my friend, John. I decided that this, too, is a heavenly jam. And I like seeing his handwriting. I’m sentimental like that sometimes.
Here’s the recipe:
Recipe: Vanilla Sugar
Summary: Sugar mixed with fresh vanilla beans and pods then allowed to acclimate till they go steady makes a fragrant, rich sweetener.
- one whole vanilla bean
- one cup sugar
- Pour the sugar into a small mixing bowl.
- Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise with a paring knife
- Using the tip of the knife scrape the tiny, black vanilla beans from each pod into the sugar.
- Whisk the sugar with a fork or small whisk to get the beans broken apart and mixed into the sugar.
- *vanilla beans are sticky and like to clump. I rub the stubborn clumps between my fingers with a little sugar. They will separate as they begin to stick to the sugar crystals.
- Throw the scraped pods into the sugar as well.
- Store in an airtight container.
- The sugar and vanilla should be totally into each other in about two weeks.
- Use to sweeten drinks, sauces or sprinkle on cookies or berries.
- Breathe that beautiful vanilla aroma in and enjoy!
Preparation time: 6 minutes
Cooking time: o minutes
Waiting time: 2 weeks or as long as you can hold out
Number of servings (yield): one cup Vanilla Sugar
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Recipe by fat pig.