I love coffee. Adore it. I especially love flavored coffee. I buy coffee that is flavored and cream that is flavored to spice up my morning. One thing I had never considered was to flavor my sugar.
Rodelle blessed me with two whole vanilla beans. When I got it I thought how in the world will I use this? The beautiful little package had a small note attached. It was a recipe for vanilla sugar. I was intrigued. Visions of a new way to enjoy coffee sprung to mind.
Two weeks later the process of making the vanilla sugar was complete. Don't let that statement scare you though. It was as simple as splitting the bean with a pairing knife, submerging the bean in the sugar, and placing it in a sealed container. Two weeks later it was ready to use.
It was fantastic. I normally don't take sugar in my coffee in an attempt to limit calories but that sugar was well worth the extra effort I had to put into my walk. Delicious. It just screamed all things fall. Hot coffee and the glorious smell of vanilla.
I am saving that other bean for a day when I am feeling inspired to heat up the oven. You know what is inspiring me beyond the beautiful Virginia weather? The Rodelle Challenge that is coming up very soon. Rodelle challenges you to share your baking moment on their Facebook page. The look at a variety of factors and choose three grand prize winners. One of those lucky ducks is going to get a Kitchen Aid mixer, squeel! What a perfect gift that would be for my Mom. What I would love to have for myself is the yearlong supply of premium Rodelle baking essentials: vanilla beans, baking cocoa, pure vanilla extract, almond/lemon/anise extracts and vanilla sugar. Oh my goodness think of the confections I could make with all that!
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a two Rodelle vanilla beans to facilitate my review for this post. I only recommend products that I enjoy. All of the opinions in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.