People always say that homemade is always better and they’re soo right. When you make things like cakes, cookies or even food, you add to the recipe just a few and the right ingredients, but when you buy already processed foods, they’re full of preservatives and nasty stuff.
I encourage you to try and make some of the things at home, they’re easy to make and most of the time, they’re CHEAPER. How about that?! You simply have to get up and do it.
I always loved infused sugars, in pancakes or cookies, and they’re all natural, they don’t have any toxic ingredient. Store bought vanilla essence is just a cheap imitation of the real vanilla flavor, and it’s full of nasty ingredients. You can find good quality vanilla extract out there, but normally, they’re pretty expensive.
These ones are cheaper than any vanilla flavorings you can buy at the supermarket, and you need only 2 INGREDIENTS for each recipe.
Ingredients for the vanilla sugar:
- 500 g of brown sugar
- 1 vanilla pod
In a jar with a lid add the sugar. Of course, you can use any type of sugar, this is what I had on hand. With a sharp knife, cut the pod lengthwise and then scrape the seeds out.
Add the seeds to the jar with sugar, cut the vanilla pod in 3 and add them to the jar as well. Close the jar and shake.
In 1 week you can already use this in some pancakes or cookies for a delicious and delicate vanilla flavor.
Ingredients for the vanilla extract:
- 200 ml of vodka
- 1 vanilla pod
Add the vodka into a dark bottle. With a sharp knife, cut the pod lengthwise and then scrape the seeds out.
Add the seeds to the bottle of vodka, cut the vanilla pod in 2 and add them to the bottle as well. Close the bottle and shake it. You should shake the bottle every now and then to hurry the process. And make sure to shake the bottle every time you will use it, to get some of the seeds as well in the pancakes or cookies.
In 2 weeks you can use the vanilla extract. The longer it stays, the stronger the flavor will be.
We use vodka for this recipe because it has a neutral flavor that will not alter the strong flavor of the vanilla. Be sure to store the bottle in a dry and dark place, in your kitchen cabinet. This way, you can use it for months to come, even 1-2 years if stored correctly.