Fresh vanilla beans, or ones that have been spent making homemade vanilla extract can be used to make vanilla-flavored sugar. Use the vanilla sugar in place of granulated or powdered sugar when you want to intensify the vanilla flavor, such as in hot chocolate, crepes, whipping cream, or desserts.
- 2 cups granulated or powdered sugar
- 4-8 vanilla beans, split
- Place dried split beans into a container with the sugar. Cover and shake every few days to distribute the vanilla beans.
- Allow 2 weeks for the beans to fully permeate the sugar before using. No need to discard the seeds, just keep them in there indefinitely.