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Vanilla Sugar Loaf



  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 whole vanilla bean
  • 2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons cake flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 large egg
  • 1/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. 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.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder; and salt; stir well.
  3. Beat butter at low speed of an electric mixer until creamy.
  4. Remove and discard pieces of vanilla bean from sugar. Gradually add vanilla sugar to butter; beating at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended.
  7. Pour batter into a lightly greased and floured 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan.
  8. Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes.
  10. Meanwhile, combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract; stir well.
  11. 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.
  12. 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

Source: Christmas with Southern Living 1997


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