I'm working out a recipe for Chocolate Chai that I'm almost ready to share with you all. As I was working with it I found a couple ways of adding vanilla to the mix, neither working great for my purposes. 1. Create a concentrate version of the Chai which allows you to use concentrate. Or 2. Add the vanilla in while your Chai was steeping in the hot water. Both are not great solutions, I thought. I wasn't making a concentrate but a dry mix. And remembering to pull out the vanilla was most likely not going to happen.
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Vanilla Sugar was my solution. Now, I did not think of this. No sirree. There are many tutorials out there. But, it doesn't matter if there are lots of tutorials if YOU guys don't see them. Cause I'm all about you guys. Not the other people's guys.
And I wanted you to know that infused sugars (which vanilla sugar is) works great with natural cane sugars, Stevia,
and my personal favorite... [easyazon_link identifier="B005HGOIQ4" locale="US"]coconut sugar[/easyazon_link]. Score!
This stuff is amazing in coffee, homemade lattes, tea, for cocktail rims, and even sprinkled on buttered toast. Go ahead and try infusing your sugar with other flavors. Hmmm, how about cloves or nutmeg? Or rosemary for a savory touch. Heck, peppermint sugar would be amazing as a Christmas gift! (you might see that one pop up later this year, I just decided).
Regardless of what you choose, be sure to leave part of the flavor element in the sugar for several days before using the sugar. And then keep it with the sugar during storage. This allows the sugar to grab the flavor and infuse it. Exactly what you want!
Now you can add a wee bit of fancy to your morning routine easily and inexpensively. Coffee with a bit of vanilla coconut sugar and almond milk is how I start my mornings. Life is good, life is really good!
Put infused sugars into small jars for fantastic gifts!
For more infused sugar recipes try these other great recipes from around the internet...
Have you infused cooking oil before? We have, it's delicious. Our recipe, tips, & tricks are HERE.
- 2 cups sugar coconut sugar is my favorite!
- 2 vanilla beans scraped.
- Put the sugar and the scraped part of the vanilla bean into a food processor (or large bowl if you don't have a food processor.
- Process for 2 minutes on high. (if you don't have a food processor simply use a fork to press and stir the sugar and vanilla into each other--about 5 minutes.)
- Store with the leftover vanilla bean.