The vanilla bean sugar you get at the supermarket is an absolute and total rip off. You can make your own one at a fraction of the retail price that has a higher content of vanilla beans in it. The result is a beautiful vanilla sugar that you cannot buy in the shop. I enjoyed every single minute of the making process. It just smells like you are in heaven!
To make 150g of vanilla bean sugar, you will need:
145g Caster sugar (you can use any organic unprocessed sugar as well)
3 vanilla beans
Prep. time: 10 min
Cut your vanilla pods in half and cut again diagonally in half.
|Either use a teaspoon or the blunt part of a pairing knife to scrape off the seeds inside the pod.|
|Add the vanilla seeds into your bowl of sugar.|
|Most of the vanilla oil is left on the skin, so don't forget to rub that goodness into the sugar as well.|
|Separate those unwanted bits by using a sieve.|
|Your own vanilla sugar is ready for bottling.|
|Garnish with two halves of a new vanilla pod.|
Don't forget to write a little note about the serving suggestions for the person that you are giving it to. This is what I wrote down:
Vanilla Beans Sugar
Sprinkle a teaspoon of this magic powder whenever the recipes call for a vanilla extract. You can sprinkle into your pancake mix or just about into any baking. Enjoy!
Ingredients: caster sugar, vanilla pods.