A gourmet ingredient that is so simple to make, you will never spend the money on buying it premade again.
Most recipes call for putting a few vanilla beans in a jar with a bunch of sugar and letting it set for weeks. This one is almost as easy and you can use it right away. I have never actually tasted straight premade vanilla sugar, so I cannot say it has a better, stronger taste, but I really enjoy the flavor it brings to recipes.
Swap it out in your favorite sweet recipes for a lovely flavor boost.
2 cups of sugar
1 vanilla bean
You’ll need a food processor. I have a very small one that holds maybe 1 cup, so I have to work in batches, though if you have a large one just chuck it all in at once.
Cut your vanilla beans in half length wise. Next cut them into 1 inch snippets. Be sure to wipe the seeds from the knife (or scissors) you use! Put bean pieces and sugar in food processor and whiz it for a minute or so.
Viola, you have vanilla sugar.
Store in an air-tight container. I leave the bean pieces in and sift them out before I use the sugar. It may clump a bit due to the moisture in the beans, but a gentle shake of the container will break it right up.
Swap out vanilla sugar for plain sugar in your favorite recipes. My favorite swaps so far are in banana bread and angel food cake.