Toasted Vanilla Bean Powder
Vanilla is one of the most popular flavourings, and for good reason. Somehow it smells sensual, exotic, and elegant all at the same time. And the taste!
In Slovakia, where I live, vanilla extract is not available, but vanilla sugar. Most vanilla sugars are made using artificial flavourings and even the ones using real vanilla have miniscule amounts of vanilla in it. (If you happen to understand Czech, here’s an investigative video into the rip off of buying vanilla sugar.)
Sometimes I get sent a bottle of vanilla extract and I dole it out carefully, torn between increasing the heavenly taste and using up the bottle quickly.
It’s possible, of course, to make your own vanilla sugar or vanilla extract (or tincture?). The problem is that you have to plan and wait, while the vanilla bean steeps it’s goodness into the sugar or alcohol. I’m not very good at getting around to making it until I need it for a recipe, and then it’s too late and I don’t have time to wait.
So, when I found out that I can make vanilla powder, I was excited to try it! The beans that sat around for an embarrassingly long to be turned into extract were made into powder in a jiffy, and I can now enjoy more vanilla taste without more sugar, fillings, or alcohol.
Find out how to make it over at Whole New Mom!
p.s. It makes perfect handmade gifts as well, like Nuts in Honey and Origami Toys!
Dec 09, 2014 @ 08:12:58
What a great idea. I’ve heard other mom’s say to start extracts (vanilla, chocolate, orange, lemon, almond, etc) every few months so as to always have a supply on hand and have just started doing so my self. It is hard to wait on that vanilla extract to finish up–but its quickly getting there….in the meanwhile, this will work out nicely.
Jan 03, 2015 @ 16:45:56
Compliments of the season to you, Naomi and family! I made your toasted vanilla bean powder, and it is A-MAZING! Thanks so much for this recipe! I love it!!
Jan 05, 2015 @ 11:35:15
So glad you like it, thanks for letting me know!