Pour 1 1/4 cups sugar into a jar. Split vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Scrape
tiny vanilla bean seeds into sugar; cut bean into 1 inch pieces, and add to vanilla
sugar. Cover and shake vigorously to mix, or stir well. Let stand for 24 hours.
Combine flour, baking powder; and salt; stir well.
Beat butter at low speed of an electric mixer until creamy.
Remove and discard pieces of vanilla bean from sugar. Gradually add vanilla sugar
to butter; beating at medium speed until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until
Pour batter into a lightly greased and floured 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan.
Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes
Let cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract; stir well.
Prick tiny holes in top of loaf with a wooden pick. Spoon glaze mixture over
warm loaf; let cool in pan on a wire rack 15 additional minutes.
Remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack.
Yield: 1 loaf
Per serving: 394 Calories; 21g Fat (49% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 47g
Carbohydrate; 125mg Cholesterol; 168mg Sodium