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Questions tagged [vanilla]

Vanilla may refer to either the bean / pod of specific types of orchids, or flavoring derived from those pods. Use this tag for questions about selecting, identifying, storing, preparing, replacing or cooking with vanilla as a star ingredient. Questions about dishes which include vanilla, but are not focused on vanilla, should not use this tag.

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Substitute actual vodka for storebought vanilla extract

True vanilla extract is vanilla split vanilla pods steeped in vodka for four months. I have never had a taste nor a whiff of this. Can I assume that the vanilla pods simply add aroma to the vodka, and ...
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Is this white flaky powder in this tea “vanilla flavor”?

I got some tea from Thailand as a gift, and it has some vanilla flavor to it: Obviously, it smells a lot like vanilla. This is how the tea looks like: Is the white powdery stuff (looks a bit flaky ...
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Other than US FDA definition, are there other standards for vanilla extracts?

Is there a European standard for example for what could be sold as vanilla extracts? The only definition of concentration and ingredients appears to be in US Code 21 CFR 169.175.
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Is “vanilla extract” the same as “pure vanilla extract”?

My cookie recipe says to use 1 tsp of vanilla extract. I have "pure* vanilla extract. Do I still use 1 tsp of it or should I use less?
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I'm making cook n serve vanilla pudding can I add vanilla extract to it to make it taste more vanilla? it's for boston cream puffs.

I'm making Boston Cream puffs. Can I add vanilla extract to the vanilla cook and serve pudding to make it taste more vanilla?
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How to neutralize the flavor of vanilla?

Out of curiosity, is there any flavour that neutralizes or balances out with vanilla?
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How to remove alcohol taste from vanilla extract?

I bought Kirkland pure vanilla extract from Costco and it has a very strong taste of alcohol. I'd like to mix it into drinks, but it is really overpowering. Would boiling out the alcohol remove some ...
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Flavored caramelization

When should flavorings to brown sugar-caramel be added: during caramelization of after? I make caramel regularly for inclusion in coffee based drinks. The caramel recipe is simply: brown sugar ...
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How to use vanilla beans?

I used a vanilla bean in a water-based beverage and did not get any taste. Further research showed that vanilla is apparently oil soluble, not water soluble. I know that it is a common practice to ...
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Can I add vanilla to pastry cream after its cooled?

I forgot to add the vanilla at the end of making my vanilla pastry cream for eclair cake. Can I add it now after its been in the frig overnight? I'm going to fold in whipped cream also.
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Can I use a flavored liqueur to make vanilla extract?

Is it possible to make the extract with Crème De Cacao instead of vodka? I ask because I have some Crème De Cacao that I used in making a Grasshopper pie, but it is only "17.5"% (35 proof)" I don't ...
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Vanilla extract and vanilla powder [duplicate]

My recipe calls for 1 Tbsp vanilla powder, and it uses cocoanut oil as a carrier. If I read the equivalencies correctly, 1/4 tsp powder replaces 1 Tbsp of extract. So do I use 12 Tbsp of extract? ...
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Can i use non stick cooker (futura pressure cooker) for making cake without oven

I saw so many recipes but in every recipe simple cooker is used.
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Egg substitute for cookie-flavor syrup

My goal is to transfer the taste of chocolate chip cookies to milk, as a milk drink. I normally bake cookies with eggs of course. But the taste I want to achieve is exactly the unbaked mix of brown ...
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Vanilla beans vs extract

Say I get me some vanilla beans and, say, I am dabbling with pudding at the time. All recipes I've encountered require vanilla extract to be added to the pudding, my question is - if I want to use ...
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How much sugar and vanilla extract should I use in 1/2 gallon of ice cream?

I've lost a simple ice cream recipe I used prior to making custards, and I find occasionally I'd like to make it since it's much simpler and faster - can be made in the churn with no additional dishes ...
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Does oak aged wine contain vanillin?

"Vanilla" is one of the aromas used when described red wines. I am allergic to natural proteins in vanilla, per Elisa blood test. I am interested to know whether the red wine will contain actual ...
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vanilla sugar substitution

I have a recipe for an apple-strawberry crumble that calls for "1 vanilla sugar." I don't have any, so I'm looking for advice on how to substitute vanilla and sugar for the vanilla sugar - as well as ...
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Is there a way to forestall vanilla bean marrow falling to bottom of crème?

Every time I make use of vanilla beans, specifically the seeds contained in the pods, the seeds fall to the bottom of whatever it may be that I am making. I was wondering if there is a technique to ...
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What does an American recipe mean by “1 tablespoon vanilla”?

I have a recipe for a self-saucing pudding that separates into a sponge top with a custard layer beneath, rather like Lemon Surprise Pudding. It calls for one tablespoon of vanilla. For an idea of ...
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What will the best ratio for cream : madagascar vanilla bean?

How much cream can one vanilla bean able to provides its flavor before it breaks out ? I presume there's a limit to infuse the cream to the right flavor. I think it will be a waste not to infuse more ...
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What are the advantages of vanilla sugar?

When/why would one use "vanilla sugar" instead of just plain sugar along with vanilla extract and/or beans/pods, particularly in recipes and baking? Is it just a matter of convenience? I understand ...
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Why add vanilla extract after removal from the heat, and what about fake vanilla extract?

Recipes for pralines, for fudge, even for hot cocoa say to add vanilla extract only after removing the dish from the heat. Why? Does that apply to artificial vanilla extract also?
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Are vanillin/vanilla powder safe to use in savory dishes?

Vanilla beans are quite expensive, and I can buy cheap vanillin ($0.3). So I'm wondering whether I can use vanillin instead of real vanilla for savory dishes: are they dangerous in high heat? I'm ...
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Vanilla fudge attempts turn into caramel

I am absolutely addicted to making my own candies and confections, and I just adore making all kinds of fudge and truffles. However, I seem to have this issue whenever I go with a very simple recipe: ...
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When to add vanilla beans to a sauce?

I would like to make a simple vanilla sauce for my cake. So far, my idea is to cook a sweet cream pudding (using a pudding mix from a bag), and then enrich it with ground vanilla beans. At what stage ...
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What does natural vanilla extract smell like?

I bought a natural vanilla extract, but it had a strong aroma somewhat like spirit or what you get in almond essence? Is that normal? I've only used artificial vanilla so far and they smell really ...
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Is vanilla a flavour or just absence of flavour?

My question is specific about ice-creams but more details are welcome.
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How do they make Mexican vanilla extract?

I would like to make 'Mexican Vanilla' extract. I have used it for years and now would like to make it.
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How do I infuse cappuccino with real vanilla bean during brew?

There's a question that touched on infusing espresso beans with vanilla flavor during roasting, I'm doing something a little different. Recently, I managed to get some real vanilla beans (a rather ...
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Why do recipes call for the vanilla to be added last?

In this case it is a banana cream pie, but also in candies. The simple argument I've heard is that the alcohol in it will boil off, but in my case my imitation vanilla doesn't even contain alcohol. (...
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Vanilla extract vs. Vanilla powder

What is the difference among the vanilla extract and the powdered vanilla? When I'm making a certain recipe if it required vanilla extract, is it ok to replace it with powder, and what is the ...
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What is the equivelant of 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in Organic Vanilla Bean Paste, is it teaspoon for teaspoon?

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 ...
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Vanilla Extract Vodka Quality

Most of the recipes and guides I have read for making vanilla extract say to use cheap vodka or whatever is available; however, if I am going to have it on my shelf for the next few years, I want to ...
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What type of rum to use when making vanilla extract?

My mom just bought me some vanilla beans from Tahiti and said that the person she bought them from suggested using rum to make an extract. What type of rum should be used, white or dark rum, and is ...
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What is a moist vanilla bean?

I'm trying to make a vanilla syrup for some flavored coffees, and the recipe I have calls for: 2 1/2 cups water 2 cups white sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 moist vanilla bean, preferably ...
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Flavour espresso with vanilla without adding sugar or other sweetener?

I've always thought that vanilla and espresso would be a good combination but the problem is: I don't take sugar! I understand one can buy coffee flavoured beans but how would I get the vanilla ...
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How can I make a vanilla ganache which does not taste of white chocolate?

I've been baking for quite a while, but now have started venturing myself onto the chocolate world. I'm very very intrigued by Laduree's vanilla ganache on their vanilla macaron as it doesn't taste ...
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Is there really a difference by throwing the vanilla pod in as well?

Recipes with milk and/or cream (panna cotta, ice cream, pastry cream, ...) often ask for the seeds of a vanilla pod (in Europe at least). A fair proportion of those also mention to throw the pod in ...
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How can I save this vanilla extract?

I tried making my own vanilla extract a few months ago. Normally, it should be pretty dark (almost black). Mine isn't, as you can see: (full-size image) What I did was (after sterilizing it) ...
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Can vanilla pods be blended into a paste?

As recipes using vanilla seeds often request the pod to be chucked in the pot, I'm thinking there must be no unappealing flavors in the pod itself. I've seen vanilla pastes for sale but they seem to ...
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What makes bourbon a decent substitute for vanilla?

In the accepted answer to this question, it was said that bourbon can make a half-decent substitute for vanilla. I fail to understand how because the primary flavor component is vanillin and as far as ...
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What is the acceptable vanilla:vodka range for homemade vanilla extract?

I am extremely bad at getting the seeds out of my vanilla beans. So I started putting the "used" beans (which still have at least 1/3 of their seeds) in a small jar with some vodka, and using the ...
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When can artificial vanilla extract be used in place of real vanilla extract?

There's another question about the difference between artificial and real vanilla extract, saying people can tell the difference, but perhaps not in baked goods. The labeling can also be confusing. ...
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Does vanilla really bring out the flavour of other foods?

I can't count the times I have heard that vanilla brings out the flavour of other foods. For example it "makes chocolate taste more chocolatey," etc... I have also heard that it's the only spice that ...
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What is the difference between “vanilla” and “Mexican vanilla”

Some ice cream around here is marketed as the flavor "Mexican vanilla". It seems sweeter and has obvious vanilla seeds (or something that looks similar). Is there a type of vanilla pod that is ...
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How long will a vanilla bean stay potent?

I am in the habit of using vanilla extract but I would like to start using whole beans sometimes. They are expensive and if I buy them online I will have to have some on hand rather than buying them ...
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How can I make a stable olive oil and vanilla ganache?

I've just made some vanilla macaron shells that I plan to fill with an olive oil and vanilla ganache. How should I go about doing this? Should I just make it like a regular ganache or will it just ...
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How to compare the strength of commercial natural vanilla extracts?

Vanilla extracts usually don't give details on the content of vanilla. Only the main ingredients are listed in descending order of concentration. On the Kirkland brand I saw a figure of 2000ppm ...
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How to substitute vodka in home-made vanilla extract?

I came across this recipe for making my own vanilla extract. However, the vodka in my country isn't very cheap. So, I would like to replace it with a cheaper alternative. We discussed this in the ...