Flavored Sugars


  • 2 fresh vanilla beans
  • 3 pounds granulated sugar


Pound the beans lightly and put in a jar with a close-fitting top. Add the sugar, making sure the beans are not next to each other.

Every 2 days for a week, take out the beans, stir the sugar, and put the beans back in.

After a week, take the beans out and use them for custards or creams.

The sugar will retain its flavor for 3 months.


Use rose petals, orange flowers, ginger flowers, gardenias, or scented geraniums with the vanilla—or even herbs, like fresh rosemary.