Have you ever tried Vanilla Sugar? Vanilla is one of the most comforting and beautiful fragrances I know...and if you have a bunch of Vanilla Beans(which unfortunately are very expensive), you can make your own Vanilla Sugar!
Well, this is hardly a recipe. All you have to do is pop the beans in a jar full of granulated sugar( I used coarser sugar, but the finer the better.) Shut the lid tight, and keep it someplace to mature. The beans infuse the sugar with the vanilla flavour, and after about a month,you have Vanilla Sugar!
It can be used in desserts, obviously. My mom made some lovely kheer with it! But a spoonful of vanilla sugar in a glass of warm milk on a rainy day is a comfort and luxury few other things can give.
Artificial vanilla substitutes can be used, but its not quite the same! You can find recipes here.
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