Vanilla bean paste has become quite popular with chefs and other food professionals, but what is it? Vanilla bean paste is the best kept secret that has been around since the 1990's. It's a paste that is a sort of hybrid between vanilla extract and vanilla beans. It results in a super fragrant, sweet, speckled end product with the convenience of a quick scoop of the teaspoon (the flavor is actually stronger than that of vanilla extract). Vanilla bean paste can be used in any recipe in place of vanilla extract or vanilla beans.
So what can I make using vanilla bean paste? You can use it in any recipe that calls for vanilla. Although, it does leave a brownish tint, so it's not ideal to use it in icings or light colored frostings. However, it is great for cookies, pancakes, homemade ice cream, cakes, French Toast.... the list is endless!
- To substitute vanilla bean paste for vanilla extract, simply use the same amount called for in the recipe.
- To substitute vanilla bean paste for whole vanilla beans, use 1 tablespoon of paste per 1 whole vanilla bean called for in the recipe.
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