Making Vanilla Sugar
Vanilla-flavored sugar is simple to make. It can be used as a replacement for regular granulated sugar to flavor desserts, sauces and drinks. Keep in mind that 1 Tbs. vanilla sugar equals 1⁄4 tsp. vanilla extract in flavoring power.
1. Bury a vanilla bean—whole or halved—in 1 cup granulated or confectioners' sugar.
2. Cover tightly and let stand for at least 24 hours. Replace the sugar as it is used and replace the bean after 1 year.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Companion: The A to Z Guide to Everyday Cooking, Equipment and Ingredients (Time-Life Books, 2000)