God I love this stuff. I remember mother having a jar in which she made vanilla sugar. I loved to delve my head into the pot as a child and sniff deep. Then like a dirty little scamp I’d lick my finger and stick it into the middle of the pot. Mmmm guess where that finger was going? Yup straight in me gob guv!
I’m currently in the darkest depths of The Great Porridge Overload 2010. Everyday I have a not too milky bowl off the oaty stuff with a teeny sprinkle of heady scented, homemade vanilla sugar. It is my small of the morning indulgence. Feet up, radio 4 pootling in the back ground, vanilla flavoured porridge and a glass of grapefruit juice. Blissful.
How to make vanilla sugar
There isn’t really much to it but I thought it would be fun to share one of my store cupboard staples.
What you will need
- Couple of vanilla pods (more or less depending on the size of the jar)
- Caster sugar (enough to fill the jar to the top)
- A clean, sterilised jar with an air tight lid
- Chopping board
Chop the vanilla pods in half length-ways and put them in the jar. Fill the jar to the top with caster sugar. Close the lid securely and give the jar a good ol’ shake. I suggest dancing to this whilst giving it said good shake. Pop the jar in a cool and dark place and leave for a week. And there you have it, vanilla sugar. Simples huh? Every time you use the vanilla sugar, top it up with caster sugar and shake it again. Your choice of song this time. Use in drinks, porridge, cakes, flapjacks, whatever your sugar loving heart desires.