Have you ever noticed that sugar doesn’t smell like anything? I always hope it will smell sweet, but it always smells like stale nothingness instead. So, the next time you bake don’t throw away the vanilla pod after you’ve scraped out its beans. Bury the leftover pod in your sugar jar – it will perfume the boring, aroma-less, white beet sugar.
The flavor won’t be altered significantly — this isn’t really a substitute for proper vanilla sugar (or vanillezucker) in baking recipes, which is made by mixing vanilla beans with high-quality sugar-cane sugar. No – the flavor will be more subtle than that, but it will be lovely. Use the sugar as you normally would, and enjoy so much more.