Saturday, May 15, 2010
VANILLA (I HOPE!!)
My mother is a bit of a jet-setter (in the travels alot sense of the word - not the partying all night one (I hope!!)) Sometimes I benefit wonderfully from her trips - never more so than last years venture to the Caribbean, when she brought me back a fantastic stock of vanilla extract and fat, juicy beans (nothing like the emaciated sticks we get here). My vanilla extract has made it's last cake, so I have decided to have a go at making my own.
Seemingly all you do is divide your vanilla beans in two keeping them intact at the top - and then immerse them in vodka, leave to do its magic for about 8 weeks - hay presto.... beautiful (half the price of bought) vanilla extract!!
4 very plump vanilla beans (use more if they are skinny)
350 ml vodka (I imagine cheap stuff would be fine - I used what I had in the house)
Split the beans add to the vodka and store in a dark place (for some reason I imagine it should be stored in a dark place, probably would be fine anyplace!!) for about 8 weeks. How easy is that.
Will keep you posted!!