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Do you love to bake? I really learned to bake before I could cook. As a young teen, I started baking boxed brownies and cakes. Soon I gained the confidence to start picking random cake recipes out of my Mom’s Betty Crocker Cookbook. I don’t bake as much as I used to, but I still love it.
As an adult, I have gained an appreciation for quality ingredients when baking. Homemade vanilla is a very easy way to add a quality ingredient to your baking with little cost. Homemade vanilla tastes so much better than store-bought vanilla extract.
The main key to great tasting vanilla is great tasting vanilla beans. Where do you buy them? Many grocery stores, speciality cooking stores (William-Sonoma), and upscale organic markets sell vanilla bean pods. The place where we have had the best luck with the balance of price and quality however, is Amazon (we bought Madagascar vanilla beans). We have found that vanilla beans can quickly vary in price. We make large batches of baking vanilla with each package of vanilla beans, so we only purchase beans about every 10-12 months.
As I said above, we make several jars of baking vanilla each time. The great thing about vanilla is that the longer is infuses the better it is so you don’t have to worry about it going bad. But if you don’t bake all that often, you may not want to store several jars of it. Since it’s easy to make so much it can be a great gift for your friends who love to bake too. It also smells divine. We add a little to boiling water and cinnamon on the stove to help our house smell great for company.
Twist On Traditional Homemade Vanilla
Traditional baking vanilla is made with vodka. We have made several batches with cheap vodka, and we were pleased with results. Out of curiosity, we tried infusing tequila with the vanilla beans. This has become my favorite form of baking vanilla. It has a unique smell because you can still smell a hint of tequila even after the beans have infused for a long time, but you cannot taste the tequila when using it in baking. Bourbon is our newest experiment in infusing vanilla beans. It is the (pictured) jar with the darker vanilla. Isn’t it beautiful?! If you are looking to make a homemade baking vanilla or just need to use up some tequila or bourbon that has been laying around, this baking vanilla recipe will not disappoint.
Homemade Bourbon and Tequila Vanilla recipes.
- 1 1/2 pints of Tequila or Bourbon cheap brands are just fine
- 4 Whole Vanilla Beans
Place vanilla beans in a jar with a tight closing lid and fill with tequila or bourbon. Place in a cool dark place undisturbed for at least 6 weeks. It takes a minimum of 6 weeks for the vanilla to infuse the tequila or bourbon, but you may leave it up to a year.
Remember that the vanilla WILL have a high alcohol content. The alcohol will bake out in cooked goods, but if you use it in an uncooked product it will be a dessert for the 21 and over crowd!
Easy Recipes Made With Homemade Vanilla
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