Using only 2 ingredients, this vanilla sugar recipe is so simple and easy to make at home. All you need is 10 minutes! Tips shared for choosing the right variety and grade of vanilla bean for making delicious homemade vanilla sugar.
What is Vanilla Sugar Used For?
Vanilla sugar is incredibly versatile.
Think: coffee, tea, or sprinkled over warm oatmeal and fresh fruit.
It’s fantastic in cookies, salted caramel sauce (yum!), and homemade strawberry jam.
My current favorite is cinnamon toast with vanilla sugar on homemade artisan sourdough. It’s life changing.
How do I pick the right vanilla bean?
Making vanilla sugar is very simple: it’s all about the beans.
Here are 3 common varieties to choose from:
- Tahitian: floral aroma with a rich, fruity flavor
- Madagascar Bourbon: sweet aroma and delicate flavor
- Mexican: full bodied, rich and smoky
My preference is Tahitian or Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans. Their flavor profile is perfect for cooking and baking, it and does not overpower.
Mexican vanilla is good, but too strong for my taste.
In addition to flavor, another important factor to consider here is cost.
There’s no question that vanilla beans can get pricey!
Consider buying in bulk from Native Vanilla to save a few bucks (10 vanilla beans for $18 with free shipping!).
What’s the difference between Grade A & Grade B vanilla?
Just like meat, eggs, and maple syrup, vanilla beans are graded too (who knew?).
Grade A: also known as ‘gourmet’ or ‘prime’ these beans are considered high quality.
Several factors determine quality, however the most important is moisture content. Grade A beans are very moist. They’re soft, plump, and have a shiny appearance.
Grade B: these beans have a lower moisture content. Their appearance can be stiff, cracked, and dry.
Hmm… so which one would you choose? Grade A sounds like the way to go, right?
Grade A is best for cooking. Their plumpness will yield lots of seeds. It’s also more $$$.
Grade B is best for extracts and sugar. Their low moisture content will not dilute the extracts or make sugar clumpy. Although their appearance is not as desirable as Grade A, these beans still pack plenty of vanilla flavor.
Different grades are used for different things.
How to cut & store vanilla beans
To open up a vanilla pod, slice it in half lengthwise to reveal the seeds. Use the back of a knife to scrape them out.
To maintain freshness, tightly wrap your beans in plastic wrap and store in an air tight container. Depending on the grade, they’ll stay soft for up to a year.
Vanilla sugar will keep indefinitely when sealed in an air tight container or jar.
As your supply dwindles, top it off with more sugar. Throw in additional vanilla beans as you collect them- this will add more delicious flavor.
The longer it sits, the better it will taste!
WHY SHOULD I MAKE this VANILLA SUGAR?
Vanilla sugar is practical for everyday use, yet impressive enough to give as thoughtful homemade gifts.
It’s easy, simple and fast.
Feel free to experiment and make it your own, too.
Using different types of sugar, such as brown sugar, muscovado or rapadura is just one way to get started.
The possibilities are endless!
Recipes to Try that use Vanilla sugar
- Cinnamon Sugar Sourdough Waffles
- Country Raisin Sourdough
- 7 Ingredient Apple Tart
- Tropical Fruit Salad with Mangoes and Mint
Using only 2 ingredients, this vanilla sugar recipe is so simple and easy to make at home. All you need is 5 minutes! It’s perfect to spice up your everyday oatmeal, yet impressive enough to give as homemade gifts. For best flavor allow the sugar to infuse for up to 2 weeks or more.
2 c. granulated sugar
2 vanilla beans
1.) Both Grade A and Great B vanilla beans can be used with excellent results. The choice is up to you.
2.) I use a food processor to infuse the vanilla into the sugar- it’s the quickest way to infuse the flavor. Alternatively, it can be mixed by hand.
Add the sugar to the bowl of a food processor. Alternatively, you can mix by hand.
Using a sharp pairing knife, slice the vanilla beans in half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds in a downward motion using the back of the knife. Add to the sugar. Reserve the empty pods.
Pulse the sugar and vanilla seeds until well incorporated. Pour into a large airtight container. Add back the reserved empty pods, submerging them into the sugar.
For best flavor, allow the sugar to infuse for up to 2 weeks or more.
For gifts, portion the sugar into small latch top jars or bags. Slice the empty pods into thirds and add as many as you’d like to each gift. Label and date.
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