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