This year I've decided to try my hand at making my Christmas gifts. This will send my family reeling on two fronts: it's coming from the kitchen and involves alcohol. On the kitchen front: my favorite appliance is the microwave. Need I say more? As far as alcohol, other than an occasional glass of wine the HH and I don't imbibe. Boring I know, but there it is. Plus, I partook enough in college to carry me through my lifetime;)
Anyway, to get back on track. I love my boss. This is back on track you ask? Sort of in a round about way.But I'm getting there. One of the plus sides to working for her is she makes anything and everything and is always bringing in tasty samples. The woman even makes her own vanilla extract.
I was intrigued by the make your own vanilla thing. So after inquiring, I found out it only takes two ingredients: vanilla beans and liquor. Liquor? I had no idea there was liquor in vanilla extract. You probably already knew that but it was a stunner to me. Anyway, after a bit of consultation I decided to give it a go.
I was told I'd have to do it now to give the flavor time to develop. So we went out last night and bought the vanilla beans. Those little suckers are expensive. Then we went to the ABC store--after all these years I still have a problem with a liquor store being called an ABC store--and picked up a bottle of brandy. I asked the HH if he was going in and his reply, "I'm not supporting your drinking habit." His little joke.
When we got home, I cut my beans and stuck them in the brandy. Now, I just have to find a cool, dark spot for it and wait for Christmas.
Anything with vanilla is worth trying. Don't think I could wait till Christmas.
yes, yes, we're not supporting your drinking habit :)
Hi Vanessa! How are you. Yeah, I agree Vanilla is our friend:)
Dez, you are too funny:)
You can also make vanilla sugar which adds a nice touch to coffee or baking. Slice open the pod and scrape out the vanilla use it for baking. Add two cups of sugar to an air tight container. Bury the vanilla pod in the sugar. Cover and store in your pantry for 2 or 3 weeks. Use like regular granulate sugar.
Good info, CJ. I wouldn't have thought about that, but it sounds delicious.
Never knew alcohol was in it either. And agreed, drank enough in university for one lifetime
Hi Pat, You too, huh? I imagine there's a plethora that fall into our category, don't ya think?
I didn't know about the alcohol either. Love vanilla anything though :)
Hi Shelley, I was surprised. Hope mine turns out.
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