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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 »

The Ultimate Vanilla Banana Cream Pie

The Ultimate Vanilla Banana Cream Pie

Banana cream pies are a simple pie that is difficult to get right. Some don’t use enough banana, so the fruit flavor gets lost in a sea of whipped cream. Other versions don’t use enough vanilla, producing a pie that is creamy, but bland. This pie, of course, doesn’t have any of these failings and that is what makes it my Ultimate Vanilla Banana Cream ... Read More »

Vanilla Cream Pie with Vanilla Meringue

Vanilla Custard Pie

Cream pies come in all flavors – from chocolate to coconut – but there is one flavor that you don’t see all that often: vanilla. While I will take a slice of cream pie in just about any flavor you would like to serve me, there is something simple and satisfying about a Vanilla Cream Pie that you just don’t get with other flavors. This ... 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 »

Vanilla & White Chocolate Cake

Vanilla & White Chocolate Cake

Just about everyone enjoys a good chocolate cake now and then. When you picture a chocolate cake, you probably think of a deep cocoa-colored cake that has a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor. A dark chocolate cake is delicious, but dark chocolate isn’t the only type of chocolate that makes a great cake. This Vanilla & White Chocolate Cake is not your run-of-the-mill chocolate cake because ... Read More »

Vanilla Pretzel Butter Cookies

Vanilla Pretzel Butter Cookies

The holidays are a time of the year that is always filled with cookies for my family. Everyone bakes them and everyone brings them when we get together for gatherings. My grandmother always had one type of cookie that was storebought and, even with a wealth of homemade cookies to choose from, I often chose to eat a few of those before touching any of ... Read More »

Very Vanilla Chiffon Cake

Very Vanilla Chiffon Cake

Vanilla is probably my favorite flavor of cake and I’ll almost always pick up a slice of vanilla cake or a vanilla cupcake when given the choice between vanilla and chocolate. I do love chocolate, of course, but there is something about the delicate, floral flavor of vanilla that I find absolutely irresistible. When I was a child, I also had a strong preference for ... Read More »

Vanilla Crumb Cake

Vanilla Crumb Cake

A coffee cake with a buttery crumb topping is hard to resist. Most crumb toppings include cinnamon or other spices, both because spices add a great aroma to a cake while it is baking and because darker spices give a crumb topping a darker color to contrast with the rest of the cake. This Vanilla Crumb Cake is for vanilla lovers and you won’t find ... Read More »

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