This post is dedicated to one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made – not sure it even should count as cooking – but yet adds a fabulous extra vanilla dimension to my baking. I love it for many reasons – first, it cuts down on waste. When you use a vanilla bean, most recipes (such as my recent vanilla bean cupcake recipe) direct you to slice the pod in half and remove the seeds – often times, the pod itself isn’t needed, and you may be tempted to just discard it…but don’t! With next to no effort, you can turn that would-be discarded pod into something delicious. Use as you would use plain sugar in your favorite baked goods…and it’s also great in coffee.
Vanilla Sugar – Alton Brown
- 1 vanilla pod, halved with seeds removed
- 2 cups sugar
- Airtight container
Place vanilla pod into container and pour sugar over top, burying the vanilla bean. Seal container and let sit for 1-2 weeks. Enjoy in coffee or give your favorite recipes a little something extra.