For the great baking nation that it is, England doesn’t make enough of vanilla sugar. I just adore the smell of it and use it all the time for cakes, crumbles, ice cream and deserts.
We have a large jar of vanilla sugar in the larder cupboard in our kitchen, which we simply top up as we use it. The smell is just divine, it evokes child hood memories of standing on a chair in the kitchen to help my mum make cake, licking the bowl out afterwards. I remember when our children came along and the joy of baking with them being turned to dismay when I realised I’d have to hand the bowl over to someone else to clean out, even if it was my offspring! Bad mother!
You can either buy vanilla sugar in the supermarket at vast expense for a ‘tiny’ amount OR you can make your own vanilla sugar by simply infusing sugar with the scent and taste of vanilla from vanilla pods. Buying it ready done is to my mind a waste of money and would make regular use prohibitive. Continue reading