Anyone using vanilla paste? I've only just been hearing about it recently and I see Jamie Oliver use it pretty often in his show. Was wondering what others thought of it.
I keep thinking about buying some too so I would be interested in other members' opinions. I do love Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla so I'm not sure when or why I would substiture paste.
I have run out of vanilla extract, so I was thinking of trying out the vanilla bean paste. I found this description on the baking bites website. http://bakingbites.com/2...t-is-vanilla-bean-paste/
Recently I have also been playing with browned butter infused with vanilla. Kate Zuckerman discussed it and used in a few recipes in The Sweet Life. I enjoyed it so much that I use it for other things, sometimes just on toast. And it smells incredible when you are making it.
I also put used vanilla beans into a container of sugar for a perpetual vanilla sugar.
I find that sometimes when I smell extracts I pick up other scents, a bit of a phenolic or camphor like scent. Nielson Massey is my extract of choice, so I owuld expect their vanilla bean paste to be good as well.
It all makes me wonder if the different mediums / methods of extraction yeild slightly different flavors.
I use vanilla bean paste all the time, so I don't bother buying real vanilla pods anymore which can dry out quite quickly. There is a quantity measurement on the bottle, 1tsp or maybe 1Tbs is equivalent to 1 vanilla pod.
I would say - go get it!
I recently have been seeing some recipes with vanilla bean paste as one of the ingredients. I found it at King Arthur Flour. I have been tempted to buy some. I see some people have tried it already. I am going to go for it.
The paste incorporates very easily into whatever is being mixed and also provides those lovely flecks of vanilla. I think it as a fresher, more pure vanilla taste. Stores well and is quite concentrated. I would certainly recommend it and find that I reach for the paste rather than the extract.
Not all vanilla paste is equal. I am completely addicted to this: http://www.heilalavanilla.com/.
Try 1/4 teasp in greek yoghurt with a drizzle of maple syrup, some blueberries and some chopped nuts!