German baking recipes call for vanilla sugar, which is very fine sugar that has been scented with vanilla. Vanilla extract is less common in Germany and other European countries. You can buy small sachets of vanilla sugar in select local grocery stores or through Amazon online.
But, of course you can make your own vanilla sugar at home 😊! It is super simple and will be much cheaper than buying it at the store.
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 whole vanilla bean
Put sugar into an airtight container. I like to use mason jars, they are pretty to look at in my pantry, easy to clean and don’t take on odors from any ingredient.
Slice the vanilla bean open so all the good vanilla seeds are exposed. Bury the bean in the sugar and seal jar tight with lid.
To ensure the sugar absorbs the vanilla flavor, let it sit for about 1 to 2 weeks and shake jar occasionally.
Use the vanilla sugar as regular, granulated sugar or measured as per recipe.
See, wasn’t that super simple 👌🏼? Who would have thought 😉!