With just 2 ingredients, this vanilla sugar recipe is so simple and easy to make at home. Only 5 minutes needed! Tips shared for choosing the right vanilla bean for making incredible homemade vanilla sugar.
What is Vanilla Sugar Used For?
Vanilla sugar is incredibly versatile.
Try it sprinkled over juicy, ripe strawberries or stirred into oatmeal, coffee or tea. It’s fantastic in baking (i.e. cookies, apple tarts, panettone etc.) and homemade jams. My personal favorite is cinnamon toast with vanilla sugar on warm sourdough bread.
But here’s the selling point: vanilla sugar is practical enough for everyday use but equally as impressive to give as gifts in cute little jars. It’s easy, fast and incredibly satisfying to make. Here’s how to do it.
Homemade Vanilla Sugar in 3 Easy Steps!
- Purchase vanilla beans & jars
- Combine sugar and vanilla in a food processor (it can also be done by hand)
- Portion and store according to preference
Easy, right? Let’s dive a bit deeper…
How do I pick the right vanilla bean?
Heres are a few 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 Vanilla Beans (Grade B). The flavor is versatile and it does not overpower.
Another important factor to consider is cost. Vanilla beans are pricey! Buy in bulk from Native Vanilla to save a few bucks (i.e. 10 vanilla beans for $12.99 with free shipping!).
What’s the difference between Grade A & Grade B vanilla?
Grade A beans are considered high quality or “gourmet” because they’re soft, plump, shiny and have a high moisture content.
Grade B vanilla beans can be stiff, crackly and dry.
Which one is best for vanilla sugar?
Grade B is typically best because of its low moisture content- the sugar won’t clump up. The beans still pack plenty of pure vanilla flavor and they cost less than Grade A.
Bottom Line? The choice is up to you.
How tO store vanilla Sugar & Vanilla Beans
Portion the vanilla sugar into jars and submerge the leftover de-seeded pods inside (feel free to cut the pods in half to fit smaller sized jars). It will keep indefinitely.
In fact, the longer it sits the better it will taste! Plan ahead for gift giving.
Tightly cover any unused vanilla beans in plastic or wax wrap and store in an airtight container.
TIP: As your vanilla sugar supply dwindles down, top it off with more sugar and throw in additional vanilla beans as you collect them- it will add more delicious flavor.
Where Can I Buy Those Cute Jars?
This recipe fits perfectly into 4 oz (125 ml) latch top jars (pictured here).
Here a a few options to choose from, similar to mine. You can also purchase in bulk from a restarant supply store.
Recipes to Try with Vanilla sugar
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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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