Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tasty Tuesday

                The last Tasty Tuesday for September is a reminder it's time to make my annual batch of homemade vanilla, my secret weapon in all my baked goods! Now, don't leave the room, it's not hard at all, and I promise, once you make it, you will never go back to store bought or worse yet, imitation!

3-4 vanilla beans
A 750 ml bottle of vodka or brandy
Big bottle

All you do is split the beans down the middle, length wise, and add to the bottle of vodka or brandy. I use vodka, it's cheaper and while you can use the bottle the booze came in, I like to use a fancy bottle, makes it prettier. Store in cupboard and shake once a day for 2 months before using. This is why I like to make mine in early fall, so I have it in time for my holiday baking! Just remember to keep in a dark place so it can steep in private! lol

     And as a bonus, I'm sharing my recipe for homemade Kahlua too! I haven't made this in years, but recently I came across a recipe on Pinterest for Kahlua cupcakes and I remembered I had a recipe to make my own, so I thought you'd might like to try it too!

Homemade Kahlua

6 c. hot, strong coffee
1 pd. brown sugar ( doesn't matter if it's light or dark)
3 1/2 Tb. vanilla  ( use your own :) )
1 small bottle vodka
While the coffee is still hot, mix in brown sugar and blend well. Allow to cool. Add vanilla and vodka. Store in bottle and keep in dark place. Ready anytime to use in your favorite drink or recipe. Also makes a nice syrup for over ice cream.

      I'm not a drinker, really! I only use booze to enhance my baking! I hate going into liquor stores for the vodka, but a girl has to do what a girl needs to do in order to make the best vanilla and Kahlua around! Enjoy!


  1. Hello Friend Sue!
    Just wondering...
    where do you buy your beans?
    I think I can find the booze. ~giggle~


  2. Yeah we know you're really an ole boozer. heeheehaahaahoohoo... Girl you're a ROCK STAR for this vanilla recipe. I knew I wanted to try it when I first read a post of yours..and I am so glad I finally did. It truly is hands down thee best vanilla EVER! CLAPCLAPCLAP... giving you a standing ovation from the shabby OLDE potting shed. YOUR VANILLA IS THE BOMB! I can't remember when I made mine..and wonder how long it keeps? I used the big bottle of vodka and have left the beans in it. Looks good, smells great, and tastes fabulous in baked goods of course. lol Okay raw cookie dough too.

  3. I bought my beans from beanilla dot com but can't remember which I got. Madagascar I think.

  4. When you say a 'small' bottle of vodka for the Kahlua, what size in oz are you using?

  5. I make my own vanilla as well but have never tried the Kahlua. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Gee..I didn't know you could make vanilla...I am impressed.:)

  7. I'm just as excited as can be to have this recipe. Guess I had better get some made real soon...

  8. Laura, I get my beans at my favorite health food store, they run about $1 a piece. And the small bottle of vodka needed for the kahula is a quart I believe? I didn't have one handy, sorry about that!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing. I love to make all my own stuff in the kitchen also. This is so inspiring. Blessings, Amy


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