DIY Vanilla Sugar
I love to give things to others…pie, of course, but last night when I went to a holiday gathering of some of my closest and oldest friends, I didn’t think I would be able to bake up a dozen pies as gifts and then show up to the party feeling anything but…well, exhausted. So, I came up with a clever little gift and one that my friends can enjoy all year long, too. I made up containers of DIY Vanilla Sugar for everyone. It was quick and easy to do. Here’s how!
- You know those beautiful glass canning jars in beautiful colors? I use the turquoise blue ones for drinking glasses at Pie Cottage. I went to my local general store where I had seen the purple quart size jars and bought one dozen of them.
- Then I bought whole vanilla beans…and placed one whole bean in each unfilled jar.
- Next I filled up each jar with sugar. I used organic cane sugar but any sugar will do. 🙂 Each jar took about 1 lb 6 oz (620 g).
- I put the lid and ring on.
- Put a little ribbon around the collar of the jar.
- And with an indelible marker, labeled it Vanilla Sugar with the date.
At the end of the evening before everyone went home, I had a great time giving one to each of my sweet friends.
Vanilla sugar can be used to sweeten coffee, tea, or any of the other hot drinks, like cocoa, you might be making. You can sprinkle it on toast. Yum! Sprinkle the top of a pie with it when it comes out of the oven. And, it is a really good pairing with pears. My favorites are Frog Hollow Farm’s Warren pears which already have a bit of vanilla undercurrent in their favor. Pear Pie for the holidays? You bet! And, the story of traveling to Simply Recipes Elise Bauer’s home to share how to make one plus the recipe is right here. I hope you like it as much as Elise did. 🙂
P.S. Be sure to let your friends know that they can add more sugar to the jar as they use it up. The vanilla bean lasts a long time!