Test Kitchen Tip
Vanilla Sugar After removing seeds from a vanilla pod, save the pod to flavor sugar. The pods retain essential oils that carry the vanilla flavor, which they impart to the sugar. You'll notice the subtle taste of vanilla in a few days. Try it; it really works!
Use the flavored sugar in tea or coffee, or in place of granulated sugar in baking. The same technique will work for powdered sugar.
Tip within a tip: Vanilla sugar can be used in place of the granulated sugar and vanilla extract in the Chocolate Soufflés recipe.