Vanilla Sugar is the sweetest accompaniment for homemade vanilla. I read about it and, being unconvinced, made a small batch to test it out. It is fabulous! Added to baking or to your morning coffee it adds a faint vanilla flavor.
For gifting I used organic sugar – perhaps it is silly, but I feel like the sugar crystals are prettier. I let it sit in a large jar and then distributed to smaller glass jars for gifting purposes.
For every 2 cups of sugar you need 1 vanilla bean. Slice down the bean, scraping the seeds into the sugar. Add the bean and bury under the sugar. Place in an airtight container and let sit for 2 weeks.