Making your own vanilla sugar is so easy! And it tastes wonderful!
You can adapt this tutorial by using cinnamon or citrus zest and make other flavored sugars.
Step 1: What You'll Need
- Cutting board
- Vanilla beans
It doesn't matter which type of sugar you buy, I always use extra fine sugar because I think it looks better and more luxurious.
I purchased my vanilla beans on ebay, much cheaper, larger and fresher than store bought vanilla.
Good vanilla should be a bit sticky, have a great smell and should contain a lot of seeds.
This instructable describes how you start with your first batch of vanilla sugar. When you used all of your vanilla sugar or when you have used vanilla in a recipy, don't throw away the beans because you can reuse them. Just put them in your sugar jar and enjoy :)
Step 2: Remove the Seeds
Cut the vanilla beans in half and scrape out the seeds with your knife.
Step 3: Mix It All Up
Put the sugar and vanilla in a jar and shake it until it's mixed.
If you have some vanilla sugar leftovers you can easily use it for new sugar like I did. It'll only enhance the flavors, yey!
Step 4: Wait and Enjoy
The longer you wait, the more flavor your sugar will get.
If you are really impatient (like me) just add some extra beans ;)
When you shake the jar once in a while you can prevent the sugar from sticking to each other.
You could use this sugar in pastries, on desserts, on bread with butter, on fruit salads and in drinks like tea and hot chocolate :)
Put it in a blender to make your own powdered sugar. Use it to make flavored frosting or butter cream :)
(thanks to -RoyaleWithCheese- and chazortiz)