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Vanilla Slice

Vanilla Slice

The name is unassuming, but the Vanilla Slice is an almost iconic dessert in Australia. Much like the chocolate chip cookie in the US, you can find it just about anywhere that pastries are sold, from coffee shops to bakeries. There is even a big competition held every year to find the best slice in the country! Much like chocolate chip cookies, there are just ... Read More »

Easy Vanilla Gelato

Easy Vanilla Gelato

July is National Ice Cream month, and the third Sunday of the month is National Ice Cream Day. Both of these are good reasons to make ice cream – as though the heat of summer weren’t enough on its own – so I spent the afternoon of my National Ice Cream Day making a batch of vanilla gelato at home. “Gelato” is the Italian word ... Read More »

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Logically, we can say that no one type of cupcake is better than any other, and everyone is entitled to their personal preferences. But secretly, we all feel that there is one type of cupcake that is just a bit better than all the alternatives, one flavor pairing of cake and frosting (assuming that they’re both good quality, of course) that is just plain better ... Read More »

Real Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Real Vanilla Bean Buttercream

When it comes to topping off a cake or some cupcakes, there is frosting and then there is frosting. Buttercream is the classic cake topper. There are two ways to make it: a shortcut uncooked way and a slower cooked way. I usually opt for the quick-fix way to make it, creaming together butter and confectioners sugar with a bit of flavoring. That method is ... Read More »

A Vanilla Taste Test

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In their ceasing quest for culinary excellence, the cooks in America’s Test kitchen will test every ingredient, every pan and every recipe they come across. I recently read one of their pieces that really struck a chord with me. It was a taste test of vanilla – extract, imitation and whole beans – and since vanilla is such a vital flavor in baking, I found ... Read More »

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Bars

vanilla cheesecake bars

Most of the people I know enjoy cheesecake and, if I had to guess, I would say that you probably know a lot of fans of the rich and creamydessert, too. But full-sized cheesecakes can be difficult to make. Water baths are often required to achieve the perfect texture and if you’re pressed for time, you can’t just wait around for a cheesecake to bake, ... Read More »

Vanilla Buttermilk Cupcakes

Vanilla Buttermilk Cupcakes

Everyone should have one good vanilla cupcake recipe and one good chocolate cupcake recipe. You’ll have to decide whether this will be your “one good vanilla recipe” or not, but it is an excellent recipe. Vanilla cupcakes should have a good amount of vanilla flavor to distinguish them from a “plain” cupcake and there should be a buttery flavor to the cakes, but without any ... Read More »

How to make Vanilla Sugar

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One of the tastiest things you can keep in your kitchen is vanilla sugar. With the sweetness of sugar and the flavor of vanilla, it is good on oatmeal, on fruit and is delicious in tea. It is even better when substituted for plain sugar in baked goods, because almost every single one – with the possible exception of some savory items – can benefit ... Read More »

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