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.



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...


  • 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.


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.


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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