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Barrel Aged Vanilla Ice Cream

Barrel Aged Vanilla Ice Cream

The other day, I posted instructions on how to make barrel-aged vanilla extract at home. The aged extract is delicious on its own, far more so than regular vanilla extracts, but you might need some ideas on how to showcase this special extract once you’ve made it. I recommend substituting it for regular vanilla in a recipe where vanilla is the star. Vanilla cakes, custards, ... Read More »

How to Make Barrel Aged Vanilla Extract at Home (Without a Barrel)

How to Make Barrel Aged Vanilla Extract

Many spirits are barrel-aged, including rum, whiskey and even gin, to name a few, because spending time in a barrel softens the bite of the alcohol and adds additional flavors to the spirit. Most – but not all – spirits are aged in oak barrels and the wood will add slightly different properties depending on how it was prepared. These days, people have been experimenting ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: DIY Vanilla Extract

Baking Bites for Craftsy: DIY Vanilla Extract

I go through a lot of vanilla extract in my kitchen and, while I do have a favorite brand, it isn’t the only brand that I use. In fact, sometimes the vanilla extract that I use is Baking Bites brand – meaning that I make it myself at home! Vanilla extract is made by extracting the vanilla flavor, produced by a compound called vanillin, from ... Read More »

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Extract

Baking Bites' Homemade Pumpkin Spiced Vanilla Extract

In the fall, pumpkin spice is everywhere. It is in the coffee drinks at your favorite coffee shop, in your pies, your cakes and your ice creams. Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of the spices typically used to season a pumpkin pie. It includes cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves, through it can also include ingredients such as cardamom, allspice, orange and anise. This spice ... Read More »

Vanilla Pots de Creme

Vanilla Pots de Creme with Rodelle

Vanilla beans are often use in custard recipes because it is easy to infuse them into hot milk and cream. But you don’t need a vanilla bean to make a great vanilla custard – you just need good quality vanilla extract. High quality extract is always made with high quality vanilla beans, and that will translate to a strong vanilla flavor in your dessert. These ... Read More »

Rodelle Reserve French Oak Aged Vanilla Extract

Rodelle Reserve French Oak Aged Vanilla Extract, reviewed

High quality vanilla extract is essential to a baker. Vanilla is a rich, complex flavor – despite the idea of “plain vanilla” being ordinary – that has the unusual ability to not only taste delicious on its own, but to make other flavors taste even more delicious. While some tastes tests have found that artificial vanilla extract can fool tasters in some recipes, there is ... Read More »

What is clear vanilla?

Clear Vanilla Extract

There is more than one type of vanilla flavoring on the market. There is vanilla extract, which is made by macerating vanilla beans in an alcohol solution to extract the beans’ natural flavors, and there is imitation or artificial vanilla extract, which is produced with synthetic vanillin, the same compound that is naturally found in vanilla beans. You can also find alcohol-free vanilla flavorings, if you want to ... Read More »

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