This one is really simple, but a good way of making flavoured sugar to sprinkle on fruit, or to add to cakes and desserts.

Jar of Vanilla Sugar You will need a jar that once held jam, or instant coffee or somesuch. Wash it out very carefully (including the lid) before re-use - sticking it in the dishwasher a time or two works very well.

Put a single, whole Vanilla pod in the jar, then top up with white caster sugar. (Don't be tempted to use granulated - much too coarse.) Then, just stick in the cupboard for a few months. The Vanilla flavour will slowly infuse into the sugar.

As you use the sugar, top it up with more caster sugar - the flavour from the Vanilla pod will last for a long time.