It’s all about vanilla sugar – I know: vanilla sugar is a plain ingredient of any cookies, cakes, sweet pies, sweet tarts… You may buy vanilla sugar in your trusted food store ready-for-use!
Of course you may mix & grow vanilla sugar in your kitchen… You only need a vanilla pod & fine sugar. Let’s discuss the details of the process…
Vanilla sugar out of your trusted food store comes in handy packets; each packet (usually about 8 g – about a level tablespoonful (= a not heaped tablespoonful!)) will be sufficient for about 250-500 g flour or 500-1000 ml milk.
For the record:
My definition was always (& still is): if you work on 1 cake/pie/tart/batch of cookies take 1 packet of vanilla sugar. If you want to boost vanilla flavour take 2.
When starting w/ homemade vanilla sugar – well – how much vanilla do we need for how much sugar? The Internet offers lots of recipes for homemade vanilla sugar:
- 500 g sugar & 1 vanilla pod
- 100 g sugar & 2 vanilla pods
You may use only vanilla pods where the seeds have been scraped out beforehand, you may use unharmed vanilla pods, you may process sugar & vanilla pods in a food processor ending up as a finely ground mess…
For the record:
We are talking about vanilla sugar, but there is also the vanilla pod (w/o sugar). Of course we may use – for a definitely very intensive vanilla flavour – scraped out vanilla seeds. I recommend vanilla pods for use in any jams, any ice-cream etc. If there is a liquid dealing w/ the sticky vanilla seeds: fine!
…& there is also vanilla extract; only recently I stumbled on vanilla extract in my trusted food store. I haven’t used it so far, but I remember recipes in the Internet how to make your homemade vanilla extract – maybe a task for later.
I decided to start w/ preparing 200 g vanilla sugar. If you are baking once a week using a level tablespoonful of vanilla sugar this amount will serve you for about 4-6 months.
What to do?
Provide the sugar & a vanilla pod. Scrape out the vanilla seeds & mix w/ a small amount of sugar. Mix well. Add to the rest of the sugar. Mix well once more.
Add the scraped out vanilla pod to the sugar – for convenience cut it into 3-4 pieces.
Fill the mess into a screw top jar. Shake well.
You may add more scraped out vanilla pods from time to time. It helps flavoring resp. maintaining the flavour.
Vanilla pods & seeds are humid & sticky – therefore shake well from time to time because the sugar tends to stick together. It will crumble at once so don’t panic.
Refill w/ sugar as soon as about half of the vanilla sugar is used.
Refill w/ scraped out vanilla seeds when you think the flavour will need it.
The businesswoman w/ too many office hours thinks
I always bought my vanilla sugar in these handy packets – no fussing around. Sometimes I bought vanilla pods – the scraped out pods always went into the garbage. Maybe I should give it a try for the sake of sustainability.