Vanilla is a very intriguing thing for me! On one side of the coin it is plain, even bland the majority of the time! Considered a blank canvas by most people. I for one, don’t usually choose vanilla if other flavors are available. HOWEVER… I recently got Pure Vanilla, a cookbook featuring all vanilla recipes.
It uses vanilla extract, whole vanilla beans, and vanilla bean paste. Once you move beyond the extract that we are all used to, you find that vanilla can be a very exotic and gourmet flavor. I started with a cookie that only uses the extract, so I haven’t gone too far outside of the box yet! But either way, they were wonderful. It was a chewy oatmeal cookie that was made even better by the chunks of White Chocolate throughout.
It is titled Salted Vanilla for a reason. It uses a whole vanilla bean to flavor coarse salt and then use that salt to sprinkle on top. But it takes a week or two to get the salt flavored and I didn’t want to wait, so I omitted the sprinkled salt on top. They still have a salt flavor that pairs well with the chocolate!
Now to use the recently purchased vanilla beans and vanilla bean paste that is in my cupboard. Stay tuned for more wonderful vanilla recipes in the coming weeks and months!
Original Source: Pure Vanilla by Shauna Sever