This collection highlights vanilla recipes that celebrate the deep warm flavors of the classic spice. Learn about the differences between pure vanilla extract, paste, and powder.
collection originally published March 11, 2012
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Are you one of those people who add more vanilla than what the recipe calls for? Then these recipes are for you!
This collection of recipes highlight the rich warm flavors of vanilla in wonderful presentations of desserts, snacks, dips and smoothies.
Vanilla extract vs vanilla paste
Pure vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste both add delicious vanilla flavor to our recipes. Vanilla extract and paste are similar in strength, and I use them interchangeably in recipes. Here are some differences I have noted with use.
Vanilla bean paste has a gel consistency and seems deeper, richer in flavor. You can see the specks of vanilla, which I love. While pure vanilla extract is not clear in color, it leaves no visible trace of the vanilla bean.
Vanilla paste is my go to when I do not have any actual vanilla bean on hand but want that speckled vanilla to show in my recipe.
Vanilla powder is similar to vanilla bean paste in that the flavor is bolder and richer than a pure vanilla extract liquid. I suspect this is due to the liquid being alcohol based, which can evaporate and decrease the flavors.
I love adding vanilla powder directly to the dry ingredients in baking, and mixing it with coarse sugar for an easy vanilla sugar that is great for dusting and finishing.
Whatever vanilla you prefer, I hope you can find several new recipes to try in our vanilla recipe collection.
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