This recipe provides a great way to enjoy the essence of a vanilla bean. Substitute this vanilla-flecked sugar for regular granulated sugar to add richness to just about anything you bake.
Cut each vanilla bean pod into 4 pieces, splaying open each piece to expose any remaining vanilla seeds and essence. Place in a canister or a plastic container with sugar, and stir gently. Cover canister, and store in a cool, dry place. Discard pod pieces after 1 month.
Christmas with Southern Living 2008