I love to bake! But because I bake so much vanilla sponge (om nom nom) I am always running out vanilla essence.
It seems to appear on my shopping list too often.
It’s a bit of a luxury item, and on those tight months I do have to go without.
*Big sad face*
Then I discovered a cost effective way to never run out of vanilla essence ever again….
*Even bigger happy face*
You will need:
A clean, dry, empty jar (air tight is preferable)
A good quality vanilla pod
A sharp knife
[A word on sourcing the vanilla pods: You will want these vanilla pods to last some time. Go for quality over price. I was impressed with the standard of the vanilla pods from G Baldwins and Co at only £2.35 per 1g, their origin can be clearly traced and the quality is apparent in the aroma alone. Vanilla pods are available in supermarkets for as little as 85p – but the quality is usually poor and their origin and age are not always visible to the consumer.]
Slice the vanilla pod in half length ways to expose the seeds.
Using a knife, carefully scrape out all of the vanilla seeds.
Fill the jar to the half way point with caster sugar.[This will work with ordinary sugar too, however as I use this for the purposes of baking I prefer to use caster sugar.]
**Vanilla pods were supplied by G Baldwin and Co. Opinions are my own. **
Thanks so much for reading,
with as much love as always
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