Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Cut 4 vanilla beans into 1/2" pieces and grind to a coarse powder in a coffee grinder. In a large bowl, mix the sugar, beans and extract until thoroughly combined (when the extract is completely incorporated the mixture will look a bit like dough).

Pour the sugar mixture into an 8x8 pan, spread out evenly to a 1/2 inch thickness and press it down lightly. Next, use a knife to score out 1/2x1/2 inch cubes by running the knife the length of the pan every 1/2 inch and the width of the pan every 1/2 inch. Bake in the oven for 1 1/2 hours.

Remove from oven and let cool. Once cooled, carefully flip the pan over onto a bigger cookie sheet to remove the sugar. Gently break into cubes along the scored lines. To “round” the edges of the cubes gently pour them into a big pot with a cover and lightly shake. Check and repeat if necessary. Next, pour the cubes from the pot and into a small holed colander or sifter to gather the cubes and sift off any sugar particles that can be reserved as granulated vanilla bean sugar!


256 sugar cubes

Thanks To

Janet Johnston, Savory Spice Shop co-founder



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