anne here…taking time to give a short note on vanilla extract. vanilla is one of the most important (if not THE most important) flavoring in the baking world. please, do yourself, (and your potential taste testers) a favor….buy the good stuff…the 100% vanilla extract. don’t skimp. and certainly don’t buy vanilla flavoring…it’s not really vanilla!!!
nielsen massey makes a very fine vanilla extract.
if, however, you are feeling more adventurous…i’ll let you in on a secret…are you ready?
YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN!!!!!!!
it’s super easy, and only requires an initial investment in vanilla beans and a mid-grade booze, and then a little bit of time to turn it into vanilla!!!! (and you will always have vanilla beans on hand, and won’t have to buy those little dried out, over-priced ones in the baking aisle at the grocery store.
1.) buy about 20 good quality vanilla beans…preferably, organic
2.) buy a mid-grade booze, either vodka or bourbon
3.) stick your beans right into the bottle of the liquor of your choice
4.) stick it in a dark, cool place
5.) wait 3 months
6.) voilá! vanilla extract!!!!!
seriously, how easy was that….no excuses….go out and try it!!!! you’ll be so impressed with the results!!!!