Vanilla beans are the star ingredient that can enhance the flavor of many dishes. Vanilla beans have many uses. Not only the beans add tremendous flavour to baked goods, but they can also be used in savory dishes or drinks.
This sweet natural vanilla touch cannot be replicated with artificial ingredients. Vanilla is a widely used aroma and flavour compound for foods, beverages and even cosmetics.
Recipes using vanilla beans:
vanilla Ice cream: classic dessert. Beans infuse the custard with a rich, fragrant flavor.
vanilla panna cotta: creamy Italian dessert infused with vanilla beans, delightful aromas.
vanilla beans sugar: make your own vanilla infused sugar by placing vanilla beans in a jar with sugar. It can be used to flavor your coffee, tea and baked goods.
vanilla cheesecake: Beans can be used on both cheesecake filling and the crust for an extra layer of flavor
vanilla cookies: vanilla beans can mixed into the dough to give these buttery cookies a depth of flavor.
vanilla beans creme brulee: the seeds from the vanilla beans are often used in this classic French dessert to create a rich custard with a crispy caramelized top.
vanilla bean whipped cream: mix the seeds into freshly whipped cream for a heavenly topping on desserts
savory dishes, savory sauces to mix the flavors.
cocktails & craft beers.
How to use a vanilla bean in your recipes?
To use the entire vanilla bean, cut the pod in half lengthwise, then use the back of a knife to scrape out the thousands of brown flecks inside. Add these to your favorite batter or steep the seeds and whole pod in a liquid to infuse it with even more vanilla flavour.
When you use a vanilla bean, you typically split the bean, scrape out the seeds and use both the seeds and the pod for flavoring. The empty pod can also be used to make vanilla sugar or infuse other liquids.
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