Vanilla Bean Sugar Recipe

I've been working on an easy vanilla pudding mix recipe to go with my

chocolate pudding

mix recipe. I wanted to have to add as few things as possible other than milk, so I thought it would be a good idea to have some vanilla flavored sugar. Since I've been trying to do everything as much

homemade

as possible, I figured this would be a perfect addition. It would also make a deliciously quick and easy homemade

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INGREDIENTS

:

1 cup of Sugar

1 Vanilla Bean

1.

Cut along the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds out.

2.

Mix the vanilla seeds with the sugar, then add the vanilla bean cut in pieces.

3.

Put in an airtight container and let sit for 1 week.

You can use this sugar in anything you want: milk, coffee, tea, cakes, puddings, milkshakes... That way you don't need to add vanilla essence or syrup!

It came out tasting quite strong and gets stronger the longer you leave the beans in. If you're looking for something a little less strong, you can use 2 cups of sugar with 1 vanilla bean. I'd also suggest removing the beans (not the seeds - obviously, lol) after a couple of weeks, or when the taste is strong enough for you.