Hello! Today we have a guest post from Christina over at Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe! This lovely woman always has the most amazing food posted on her blog and was gracious enough to share one of her simplest (and yummiest!) recipes with us. You can find the original recipe posted here. Take it away Christina!
The thing about vanilla sugar is there are no real amounts…you add as many pods as you want to whatever size container you have. The more bean pods = stronger vanilla sugar, less pods = less strong sugar. For my 4 cup jar I have about 10ish beans and bean pieces (some brand new pods, some used in previous recipes, washed and dried). You’ll be good to go if your stick to one pod and it’s beans scraped out and added- to 12 ounces (1.5 cups) of granulated sugar.
What I typically do is fill up my container with granulated sugar, after each use. This is only because I like to have a full stocked vanilla sugar container at all times. I also use a lot of this stuff. Whenever I use a vanilla bean for a recipe (say ice cream, jam, or such) I just rinse off that bean, dry it well, and add to my sugar. You’ll be surprised at how fragrant a used vanilla bean still is. Every so often I’ll give the whole thing a good shake, and every few months I’ll “refresh” the whole thing by adding a fresh bean and it’s scraped out insides.
Pretty economical huh? So your major money you spent at the beginning for your vanilla beans is actually able to be s t r e t c h e d out into a product that will last a long time. And figuring some of those beans you add to your sugar were actually used for some other recipe, and instead of being thrown away are being added to your vanilla sugar…that’s major savings there.
Here’s what ya do:
1. Find a nice glass air tight container (plastic is fine too), I bought mine from le Target. Also known as…Target. I got all fancy-smancy and painted some chalkboard paint on each container so I could label what each container was (seriously helps when you have three flours and 3+ types of sugar).
2. Fill said container half way with your sugar.
3. Cut vanilla beans open down the center (length-wise) and scrape out that delicious bean-inside.
4. Add vanilla pod and beans to glass jar of sugar.
5. Fill remaining jar with sugar.
6. Shake well.
7. Let sit at least 24 hours.
8. Use as needed. Refill as you go. Add more beans every so often.