Vanilla Sugar is wildly popular in Europe, we use it in baked goods, or we sprinkle it on the top of baked bundt cakes, crepes, etc. It has a wonderful aroma.
I learned to substitute vanilla sugar for vanilla extract in recipes, but when it comes to using vanilla sugar as a part of a topping, extract can not be used.
When I moved to USA it was rather challenging finding stores that carry vanilla sugar, mainly European stores carry this product, but those are rather far from where I live, I found it in Polish and Russian stores and just recently I found it in Wegmans, a large grocery chain.
After all my searching I think I finally found a solution for vanilla sugar that I love so much. I can make my own home made vanilla sugar.Who knew, right?
Just by mixing granulated sugar with crushed vanilla bean, storing it in the airtight container. I had it in the container for 2 weeks now and I can smell and taste the difference already. I shake the container every day to ensure evenly distributed vanilla flavor in the sugar.