Sunday, November 23, 2008

Vanilla Love Sugar

Vanilla is a sexy smell and flavor that comes from an orchid, pictured above. A native plant of Mexico, it is the only edible fruit in the orchid family. Mexico's Totonac people, tell a folk tale about Xanat, the youngest daughter of a fertility goddess who fell in love with a mortal. Because they were unable to marry, she decided to transform herself into the first vanilla plant. With this self sacrificing act of eternal love, she hoped to always provide he true love with pleasure and happiness. I wonder if this is the root of vanilla's aphrodisiac qualities? It has been administered by doctors as a tonic to ensure male potency and "stimulate the sexual propensities"

Making Vanilla Love sugar is very easy.
For this recipe, you will need:
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 cups of sugar

Put sugar in to a glass, airtight container. Split the side of bean with back of knife and scrape seeds into the container with the sugar. Bury bean in sugar and seal tightly with lid. Let sit for 1 to 2 weeks.
One tablespoon of vanilla sugar has the flavoring power of 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract.


sage said...

Sounds Divine!

Sabi said...

What a sweet (pun intended) spell. I adore vanilla. I have linked you on Syncopation. Sorry for the delay. Blessings xo