Homemade Vanilla Sugar
I have never “played” with vanilla beans before so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened the vacuum sealed package. Immediately you can smell a faint vanilla scent with a more overwhelming licorice-alcohol-y scent. I think I got a little buzzed! haha. I was all giddy to making something grandiose but I decided to start easy instead…
(Recipe from Alton Brown, foodnetwork.com)
1 vanilla bean, whole or scraped
2 cups granulated sugar
If vanilla bean is whole, slice down side of bean with back of knife and scrape seeds into airtight container with the sugar.
Bury bean in sugar and seal tightly with lid. Let sit for 1 to 2 weeks. Use as regular, granulated sugar. Replace sugar as needed. Discard and replace vanilla bean after 1 year.
Can’t get anymore simple than that. Now the vanilla sugar waiting game begins…