One of the simplest things to make that will absolutely transform your baking is vanilla sugar.
I use vanilla sugar in place of regular sugar in my pancakes and waffles, in pound cakes and pie fillings, and in a multitude of other ways.
Besides smelling wonderful, vanilla sugar brings that pop into your baking that will leave people wondering, “What is her secret ingredient?”
So, are you ready to make vanilla sugar?
Simply buy a package of vanilla beans from Brookshire’s. They’re usually in the produce section. Vanilla beans look like sticks, as my boys will tell you, and only a few come in a package.
When you take the beans out of the package, use a small, very sharp paring knife to slice partway through the bean, lengthwise. Gently pull the halves apart, and use the side of the knife to scrape the dark “beans” into a Mason jar. Once all of the beans are scraped into the jar, toss the outsides in, too. Fill the jar almost to the top with granulated white sugar. Place the lid tightly on the jar, and give it a good shake. Store the sugar in a cool, dry place and use as needed. It will become more infused with flavor the longer it sits.