5 Reviews

I used a triple distilled vodka expensive and some really beautiful vanilla beans {I bake a lot and I love the flavour of vanilla so the expense is well worth it}. It smells wonderful!Thanks for posting this recipe I will never buy vanilla from a store again. Update from 2005 to 2008 the vanilla extract has gone beyond my expectations a hint from Barefoot Contessa of Food TV fame. The beans can be used whole by taking them out and just holding the bean at the top and squeezing out the vanilla seeds. 2010 still using my vanilla just add more vodka and vanilla beans and magic more vanilla extract. My baking experience is wonderful because of this vanilla extract! Thank You, for posting!

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oilpatchjo November 23, 2010

I haven't made this yet but I know it's going to be glorious. I will get the beans tomorrow; already have the Vodka. Thanks! I'll let you know how it turns out.

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Old Smoky March 19, 2006

I used 4 beans per 1 1/2c (375ml) of vodka and have waited four months. It's just now deepening to a dark brown color and has that marvelous vanilla fragrance. I think it will be perfect in another two months.

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sugarpea October 29, 2005

This is similar to the recipe I came up with. I use 1 litre of vodka and 6 beans (Balinese). I usually wait for about 6 months. They smell pretty good!

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V'nut-Beyond Redemption September 08, 2004

Since I only had two vanilla beans, I reduced this recipe to half, while I waited for more vanilla beans I'd ordered from Penzeys to arrive. The vanilla beans I used were not of the best quality--store bought, tiny and very very dry, but the vanilla extract still turned out very well. I've used it several times already with great results. I've since made another full batch using Mexican vanilla beans, beautiful, big vanilla beans from Penzeys. I haven't used from the Mexican batch, but I can tell from the smell that they are going to be lovely! Thank you for sharing this recipe wildheart! I had a very difficult time making myself wait for two weeks to be able to use this.

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Cindy Lynn June 15, 2003
Vanilla Extract