I would like to start using Vanilla bean paste in some of my recipes. I usually use Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla extract and wondered if the measurement was the same i.e. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract = 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste. I thought I heard somewhere that the paste is a lot stronger. Would appreciate any feedback.
1 tbsp pure vanilla bean paste = 1 vanilla bean
From experience I'd say the extract and the paste are equivalent in flavour. The vanilla bean paste has the added texture of the seeds, which I prefer.
Of course neither of them leave you with a bean case to use as a garnish when your done creating! We use both the paste and beans a lot!