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Mar 1, 2008 06:12 AM

Converting Vanilla Bean to Vanilla Extract?

So.... if a recipe calls for a split vanilla bean, can I substitute an amount of liquid vanilla extract? Thank you so much for your advice!

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  1. Absolutely--you just won't have the pretty black seeds speckling your final product. If it wants a full split bean and you're supposed to simmer it for a while, maybe a teaspoon would be equivalent? Just start with half a teaspoon, taste, add more, taste...vanilla is a very friendly spice and it's hard for it to hijack an entire dish.