Was there ever a time when you encountered a recipe that requires an unheard of ingredient? Well, this has probably happened to most of you while baking. Have ever heard of vanilla sugar? You might think that the recipe needs vanilla and sugar. But no, there is really such a thing as vanilla sugar.
According to Bob’s Red Mill, vanilla sugar is in fact the combination of sugar and vanilla, which seems almost self-explanatory, right? It turns out that vanilla sugar is a very common ingredient in Europe, particularly in countries such as Hungary, Poland, and Germany.
They use vanilla sugar in most of their traditional desserts, specifically in cakes and cookies. But, it tends to be a bit harder to find or shop for vanilla sugar in the US or other countries outside Europe, making things a bit more difficult.
But, it is important to note that vanilla sugar is not a simple mixture of sugar and vanilla extract. This will just sound gross and mushy, anyway. Instead, vanilla sugar is sugar infused with vanilla beans for an extended period of time, allowing it to retain the nice granular texture everyone loves about sugar but this time, with the added vanilla flavor for a one of a kind pop!
If you happen to be in the US, you can still purchase pre-packaged vanilla sugar. But, if you got some spare time to spend, then, don’t worry because you can easily make your own vanilla sugar at home. How?
In this article, Deep Roots at Home teaches you how you can prepare vanilla sugar that you can use for baking or give away as gifts to family and friends.
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