Have you ever wanted to learn how to make vanilla extract? Homemade vanilla extract is prized for its full, rich, complex flavor and an incredibly smooth aroma and is truly in a different league than what can be procured from most grocery stores. The difference between pure vanilla extract and imitation vanilla is simple. Pure vanilla extract is made from whole vanilla beans, while imitation and clear vanilla utilizes imitation flavors and chemicals.
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Making vanilla extract is fun and simple! Simply take 5-7 whole vanilla beans (depending on size/length/variety), split lengthwise and add to 8 ounces of 35%+ alcohol (70+ proof). Any type of alcohol can be used, but bottom shelf vodka is most common because it will not add any additional flavors to the extract. Bourbon, rum and brandy can also be used. After 8 short weeks the extract is ready to enjoy.
The soothing aroma of cinnamon and vanilla is sure to impress anybody walking through your front door while making this recipe. Another great development from Rachel at www.rachelcooks.com is Cinnamon-Vanilla Bread with Tahitian Vanilla Bean Whipped Butter. We hope you enjoy!
There are two major reasons we love to work with Rachel from www.rachelcooks.com. First, her recipes are crazy! Seriously, who would have thought of Orange Creamsicle Buttercream made with Vanilla Beans? Second, she's from Michigan. We always enjoy the opportunity to work with our "neighbors", especially when vanilla is involved.