vanilla heaven at home

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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.

Voilà!

 

vanilla heaven at home

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Servings: about 20 level tbsp

vanilla heaven at home

Homemade vanilla sugar is easy to prepare & economical. Once set up in a screw top jar it may be filled up once more, once more, once more...

Ingredients

  • 200 g sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod

How to...

  1. Scrape out the vanilla pod.
  2. Add the vanilla seeds to a small amount of the sugar & mix well.
  3. Add the rest of the sugar & mix well.
  4. Cut the vanilla pod into 3-4 pieces & add to the sugar mess.
  5. Fill in a screw top glass, screw the lid on & shake well.

Notes

If the vanilla sugar seems to stick together just shake well - of course w/ the lid on!

You may add more scraped out vanilla pods from time to time - you may also stock up the sugar in the jar.

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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.

 

 

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