NOW is the Time to Make Homemade Vanilla for Your Holiday Baking

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In just a couple short months, it will be holiday baking time. This year, upgrade the flavor. Instead of using generic store bought vanilla flavoring, make your own extract.

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Making homemade vanilla extract is ridicuously simple!  The recipe below is the basic recipe.  Here, we use vodka as the base, but you can use other liquors, such as rum or brandy. 

For the beans, we’ve chosen the Madagascar variety, for that classic rich vanilla flavor.  Feel free to vary it up, for your own signature blend.

 

 

Ingredients:

A 750ml Bottle of Vodka (any brand, 80 proof)

10 Madagascar Vanilla Beans ( I got mine here on Amazon).

A glass jar for storage.

 

1.  Slice the vanilla beans horizontally, exposing the seeds. Place the beans into the bottle.

 

2. Fill the bottle with Vodka, and give it a shake.

That’s it! It’s that simple.

 

 

Shake up the bottle a few times a week.  Your Vanilla Extract will be useable in 1-2 months, just in time for holiday baking! It’s best to make a batch as soon as possible. The longer it ages, the more intense the flavor. 

 

 

Top off the bottle with alcohol as needed to keep an ample supply on hand. 

 

Happy Baking!

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Calling all Bakers: We’re Hosting a Recipe Exchange!

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Hello, Fellow Bloggers!  You’re invited to a Recipe Exchange.

We’re on the lookout for tasty summer desserts. If you have a recipe on your blog, featuring chocolate and berries, then we want to hear from you!


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  • Cakes/ Cupcakes
  • Pies
  • Ice Cream/ Popscicles
  • Brownies 
  • Cookies
  • Any other desserts!


This is a great opportunity to meet fellow bloggers, get exposure for your own blog, all while gaining a bounty of delicious recipes.


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To participate, please follow these procedures:

  • Please be sure that your dessert includes the mandatory ingredients for this Recipe Exchange: Chocolate, and one or more type of Berries.
  • Leave the name of your dessert, and a link to your blog’s recipe in the comment section below.
  • Submit as many recipes that you like!
  • Feel free to reblog this post for maximum exposure for all of the participants.
  • See a recipe you like? Be sure to share the love: Follow that baker’s blog, like their recipe blog post, and/or share on social media.
  • Check back in the future for more recipe exchanges!

 

 

Looking forward to your recipes.  Happy Baking! ❤️