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Feb 8, 2009 11:11 AM

Vanilla Bean - What to make

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!

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  1. 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.

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

          1. 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

              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

                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.