Since living in Scotland I miss these wee packs of vanilla-sugar I can buy in Germany and use for baking and puddings etc—never getting the hang of how to use the vanilla essence available in supermarkets.
When I dug through my granny’s cupboards looking for spices for my chutneys I found a mysterious glass of yellowish looking sugar. On opening it a wave of precious, sweet, comforting scent enfolded me.
“Is this vanilla-sugar, granny?”
“Why of course; you see your great-grandmother used to do this all the time. She would have a glass of it in her pantry and it stays fine for years.”
This is how you go about.
1 pod of vanilla
1 kg sugar (I used white Fairtrade cane sugar)
1 screw-top glass
- Put vanilla pod into the glass
- pour the sugar over it
- shake and keep in your pantry
- it is supposed to be good for 2 years at least
Tip: My granny said that one pod of vanilla for 1kg of sugar is too little. However, the vanilla I got was so strong I did not have to put the second pod into the sugar. Experiment a little with the dosage, I think it may depend on the quality of the vanilla you get.