Line a 1.5 inch deep baking dish with baking paper, or just spray with vegetable oil spray. Set aside.
Combine sugar, 2/3 cup hot water, the seeds scraped from a vanilla bean and the bean itself in a medium pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the syrup goes clear (about 3-4 minutes.) Strain into the bowl of an electric mixer. (At this point you can wash and dry the bean and use it for other things.) Allow syrup to cool for 30 minutes, then whip on high speed with the whisk attachment of your mixer. Once the mixture is white and glossy and very thick (about 10 minutes), spread it into the baking pan. Allow to set at room temperature for one hour or until firm, then cut into squares using a kinfe sprayed with oil. To store, liberally dust the squares with either potato flour or confectioner’s sugar - alternatively you could roll these in coconut, but then that’s another ingredient!
Simple to do and gorgeous to eat, these little babies also make a great gift for other Candy Addicts in your life. You could play with this recipe, too - add some essences, colors, and so on. Alternatively whip up a batch of home made graham crackers, and start the process of making them into s’mores… they’re so good they’ll make you swoon!
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