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Vanilla Bean - What to make

AlaskaChick Feb 8, 2009 11:11 AM

He proudly presented me with the Costco pack of vanilla beans accompanied by "look what I got for you - what will you make?"

So I need some help here - I'd appreciate your best ideas for using up lots of vanilla beans. Thanks!

  1. thew Feb 9, 2009 07:58 AM

    last year i was doing a lot of experimenting with vanilla in savory foods. it really works in complex asian-ish dishes, adds a nice floral bottom note to anything with spice

    1. AlaskaChick Feb 9, 2009 07:49 AM

      You are awesome -thanks so much for the suggestions. I must say that I love tapioca but he doesn't - but if I made it with coconut milk he might just be won over. Then there is the white chocolate risotto recipe calling my name. The good thing is that I have enough vanilla to try a little of each!

      1. purple goddess Feb 8, 2009 06:32 PM

        add one to the canister in which you store your sugar.

        Voila! "Instant" Vanilla sugar!!

        It will last about a year.

        1. ipsedixit Feb 8, 2009 02:01 PM


          Angel food cake

          Creme brulee

          Poaching liquid for pears

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            Agent Orange Feb 8, 2009 12:56 PM

            Pudding! Tapioca pudding. The creamy fish-eye glob of dairy goodness looks even more luxurious with flecks of vanilla bean. Mmm... Sometimes I sub half the milk with coconut milk.

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            1. re: Agent Orange
              maplesugar Feb 8, 2009 02:10 PM

              I don't suppose you'd share your Tapioca pudding recipe? My Mom always used the instant stuff, I'd love a good solid recipe. TIA :)

              1. re: maplesugar
                Agent Orange Feb 8, 2009 06:09 PM

                I suppose I would, especially since it's not my recipe:

                I don't sweat the organic milk; I just use plain 'ol iodized salt; I usually only have large eggs around so I use the yolks from 2-3 of those. And with coconut milk I use the thick part at the top of the can, and the rest from the cow. I get my tapioca pearls from the Asian grocery store... The stirring, stirring, stirring that this recipe demands can be quite soothing.

            2. pilinut Feb 8, 2009 12:38 PM

              Hot chocolate!

              1. maplesugar Feb 8, 2009 12:35 PM

                Other than what's already been mentioned: vanilla infused vodka, vanilla extract and vanilla sugar.

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                  Nancy Berry Feb 8, 2009 11:58 AM

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                    gordeaux Feb 8, 2009 11:25 AM

                    Scrape out the seeds, and add them to a teriyaki. Great for a glaze for fish, chix (i like it on wings.) I think this would generally be called "polynesian teriyaki."

                    Of course - ice cream and - your other general "custards" group:
                    flan, bread pudding, creme brulee.

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