Vanilla sugar ( Only 4 Ingredients )

Vanilla sugar

  Vanilla sugar is expensive, so make your own. It’s great to keep on hand to top sweet breads or muffins before you bake them, to sprinkle on your morning cereal or oatmeal, or to stir into coffee or tea. It’s also a great way to use the empty pod after you’ve used fresh vanilla beans in another recipe.

If using vanilla beans :

  1. 1 vanilla bean pod (or use more as you have them)
  2. 4 cups (1 quart) sugar If using vanilla extract

If using vanilla extract :

  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Vanilla sugar

If using vanilla beans :

  1. After you’ve removed the vanilla beans from the pod, for another use, put the pod in a container with the sugar (make sure the container has a tight-fitting lid). If you used your vanilla pod in a recipe that required steeping the pod in liquid, simply rinse the used pod, let it dry, and then put it in the container of sugar. Over time, the sugar will absorb the vanilla flavor.
  2. When you use some of the vanilla sugar, just add more plain sugar and shake the container to mix it. You can also put split fresh vanilla beans in the sugar, if you like.

If using vanilla extract:

  1. Put the sugar in a small bowl, add the vanilla extract, and stir until the sugar is evenly moistened with the extract. Store in a closed container.
  2. If you leave the container open, the liquid will evaporate and you’ll have a dry sugar. Stir it once in a while as it dries so it doesn’t form chunks and clumps; store in a closed container once the liquid has evaporated, 1 to 2 days.

Tip :

Try different brands of vanilla extract and different sources for your beans—there are a lot of varieties and some pretty surprising differences in flavor.

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