Vanilla Bean Sugar Cubes

Yield:
16 cubes
Ingredients
  • 4 Madagascar vanilla beans
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure Madagascar vanilla extract
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.

  • Cut the 4 vanilla beans into 1/2-inch pieces and grind to a coarse powder in a coffee grinder.

  • In a large bowl, mix the sugar, vanilla bean powder 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 8 by 8-inch pan and spread out evenly to a 1/2-inch thickness. Next, use a knife to score out 1/2-inch by 1/2-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 for 1 1/2 hours. Remove the pan from oven and let cool. Once cooled, carefully flip the pan over onto a large cookie sheet to remove the sugar. Allow to cool completely, and then 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. Pour the cubes from the pot into a small holed colander or sifter and sift off any sugar particles that can be reserved as granulated vanilla bean sugar!


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