Friday, September 17, 2010

* Make your own Vanilla Sugar and Fun Facts Friday!!

 Friday September 17th

~ National Honey Month
~ POW/MIA Recognition Day (Third Friday of September)
~ 1787 - The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
~ 1908 – The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes killing Selfridge. He becomes the first airplane fatality.
~ 2001 – The New York Stock Exchange reopens for trading after the September 11 Attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.
~ 1854 – David Dunbar Buick, American automobile pioneer, Born
~ 1957 – Richard Reinhardt (AKA Richie Ramone), Drummer of The Ramones

Being that September is National Honey month I am going to have to remember to make something with honey, that won't be in the post today.. Today it is all about Vanilla!! I have never used, touched, or seen an actual vanilla been before.  I have come across a bunch of recipes for vanilla bean cupcakes, which I want to try making (keep your eyes open for them sometime!!). I thought it was about time for me to buy some vanilla beans and put them to use!!  I have been searching around for the different uses, and came across a book that I had bought on eBay a while ago. "Better than Store Bought A Cookbook" (Authoritative recipes for the foods that most people never knew they could make at home), It is a neat book with tons of "do it yourself" hints and tips. I flipped through it and came across a recipe for Vanilla Sugar!! So, that is what I am sharing with you today!!

Vanilla Sugar
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Ingredients:

1 vanilla bean, whole
2 cups granulated sugar (or powdered sugar)

Directions:

Slice down side of bean with back of knife and scrape seeds into airtight container with the sugar. Slice the bean and bury it in the sugar and seal tightly with lid. Let sit for 1 to 2 weeks. (note: if you use powdered sugar - the moisture from the vanilla bean may cause the powdered sugar to clump - just be sure to sift the sugar before you use it!)


Look close, you can see the specs of the Vanilla!!

Vanilla sugar can be used in place of granulated sugar and will give a nice hint of vanilla!! One tablespoon of vanilla sugar has the flavoring power of 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract! Use vanilla granulated sugar on sliced fruits and in place of regular sugar is pastries and desserts. Powdered vanilla sugar can be used sprinkled over crepes and sponge cake or use for icing!

I really need to go to the grocery store so I can make some more cupcakes!! They have been swimming in my dreams lately!! Hope you all have a great day!!

Happy Eating!!
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12 comments:

  1. Now that sounds like a fun way to liven up some sugar. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I love vanilla sugar. I've been thinking about making my own vanilla sugar and vanilla extract but kinda forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder!

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  3. I didn't know that September was honey month. I try to substitute for sugar in hopes of it being more healthy. Looking forward to seeing what you will make with honey.

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  4. Vanilla sugar is just divine! Thanks for showing up how to make it! Can't wait to see what you bake up with it.

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  5. I just adore vanilla beans...and anything with that lovely flavor! Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  6. Very nice idea :) Love your Friday Fun Facts...Hope your weekend is going well!

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  7. Hey Pup, thank you,and good luck :))))

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  8. Pup,thank you for ur vote,and for this nice home made vanilla sugar :))

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  9. I always wish I had vanilla sugar on hand when I bake. And look how easy!

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  10. Great idea! I always save my scraped vanillaa pods and put them in a big jar of demerera sugar. BTW...good luck on the PFB challenge, I've already been on to vote for all my blogger buds ;)

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  11. One of these days I'm going to buy a vanilla beans! Very cool....

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  12. I never knew it was this easy!! And it smells amazing!! I don't know what I want to use it for yet...

    I'm glad some of you are enjoying the Fun Facts Fridays.. I just think it's neat. When I was little I had a calender/poster that had a fun fact for each day.. on my birthday the biggest popsicle was made!!

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