Flavored sugars can be expensive and sometimes difficult to find. The next time you need vanilla flavored sugar, or want to add a gourmet dash to a dessert, make your own flavored sugar with this vanilla recipe:
Combine 1 cup organic granulated sugar (even Domino Sugar now offers an organic version) with a vanilla bean. Store in an air-tight container for one week before using. To use, give it a stir to evenly distribute the vanilla flavor. Remove vanilla bean and reserve for another use, or add more sugar and keep tightly sealed indefinitely.