Life is all about appreciating the simple pleasures. Nothing is simpler than adding a spoonful of vanilla sugar to your morning coffee. It tastes decadent but it’s simple and relatively inexpensive to make yourself. It has got be the easiest thing in the world to make. Seriously. There are two ingredients: sugar and vanilla beans. You don’t even have to measure anything!
First things first. Pick a container. I used a cool vintage jar I found at a thrift store and sterilized.
Get yourself some vanilla beans. You can buy them in a grocery store, but they’re going to be more expensive than finding them in bulk. There are quite a few sources online (including Amazon) and sometimes you can find them at Costco. I go for the Grade B beans since they’re a bit cheaper, but just as good for using. The reasons they are B grade are purely cosmetic.
Cut 2-3 beans (or more if you’re using a large container or just want stronger sugar) lengthwise to expose the caviar (all the good pasty seeds in the center). I leave mine connected on one end, but that’s not essential.
Place the beans in your container and fill with sugar. Close it up and let it sit. It’ll take a week or so before the sugar is really ready, but it will last just about forever. Substitute the vanilla sugar in anything that calls for sugar. You’ll be amazed at the lovely aroma and depth of flavor it gives to any baked good or just your morning coffee!
Once you see just how easy and wonderful this is, you’ll want to make all types of sugar – orange, lemon, rosemary… Before you know it you’ll be switching the sugar for salt and adding a new flavor to all your dishes!