Homemade Vanilla Sugar

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on June 14, 2012

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I’ve had a secret obsession with vanilla beans for some time now. I’ve wanted so badly to buy them. Bake with them. Experience their supreme vanilla flavor.

But I couldn’t bring myself to buy them. They were expensive. I was scared. I didn’t want to waste them.

And then, one day, I did. Out of no where, I ordered Premium Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Beans and then stared out the front door until they were delivered.

For days, I stared out the door. I’m totally not kidding.

Okay. Yes. I’m totally kidding. But I did feel like a kid counting down the days until Christmas, I was that excited.

When the big day arrived and these beautiful, fragrant beans showed up on my door step, I couldn’t wait to begin baking with them.

And then, I didn’t. I was scared. They were expensive. I didn’t want to waste them.

So they sat, next to my spices, for weeks. Calling out to me. Taunting me. Begging me to bake with them.

Then one morning, I finally got over my fears and made baked vanilla bean donuts, which were underwhelming, to say the least.

I was sad. So very sad.

I had this beautiful vanilla bean that was stripped of it’s very essence, the seeds. But it was still so full of life. It had so much left to give. So much flavor to share.

Homemade Vanilla Sugar

I couldn’t just throw it away. So I buried it deep in a jar of sugar. I let it sit for weeks, as the flavor developed. Deepened. Perfected.

Homemade Vanilla Sugar Recipe

Vanilla sugar. It has endless uses.

Homemade Vanilla Sugar

Dust it on top of pancakes or waffles.

Sprinkle it over ripe strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries.

Sweeten and liven up smoothies.

Dress up everyday recipes, replacing granulated sugar with vanilla sugar.

And now, I’m not afraid of using vanilla beans anymore. Because even when the recipe isn’t what I dreamed of, I know there’s life for those vanilla beans anyway.

Now, I just have to tackle homemade vanilla extract. Or my kitchen will be over flowing with vanilla sugar.

Vanilla Sugar

Vanilla Sugar

Homemade vanilla sugar made from vanilla beans and granulated sugar.

Ingredients

  • 2 vanilla bean pods, scraped
  • 2 cups granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Bury beans in sugar and seal tightly with lid.
  2. Let sit for 2 weeks.
  3. Remove beans.
  4. Use as regular, granulated sugar.

Notes

Don't throw away those vanilla bean pods. Add to homemade vanilla extract or use them to make additional vanilla sugar (great gift idea).

From the genius Alton Brown at FoodNetwork.

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