Seems like vanilla essence could be the scent of angels! It is so delicate. Orchids are hand pollinated. Then, the beans are hand picked when they are still green. (This is so they don't crack open.) The beans are soaked, wrapped and dried; this process that takes about six months. So what arrives at my door in a little brown box are these luscious, fragrant, pliable stalks of goodness.... I can't wait to bake!
Thank you Beanilla!
I guess you could call this the "secret" to my vanilla cupcakes. (Not so secret any more.) Vanilla enhances so many other flavors; strawberry, almond, coconut, chocolate, caramel etc. Almost every baked good recipe I own.....you've guessed it!.....involves vanilla.
I am a purist. And, vanilla happens to be my personal, favorite flavor of all time. Vanilla whipped cream, check. Vanilla bean ice cream, check. Vanilla pastry cream, check. Vanilla cupcakes, check.
Vanilla vodka, oh yeah. Vanilla crepes, check. You get the picture.
I happened to find a supplier that "currently" offers free shipping on vanilla beans. (Free shipping does not apply to their other products.)
There's an assortment of beans on my bucket list. For now, I stick with the Madagascar beans for my baking. They are large, plump and impart the flavor that allows my cakes and cupcakes to shine.
BEANILLA.....peruse exotic vanilla....currently offering free shipping on beans