|Freshly self made vanilla paste in a jar|
Another way that I will introduce today, which does not use alcohol and for such is also good in kosher and halal baking baking, is the vanilla syrup or better known as vanilla paste. It's a relatively simple and easy way to store the goodness of the vanilla bean and later on you can easily portion the paste for your baking purposes (you can dose the paste as you want while it is difficult to e.g. use 1/5 vanilla pod and store the other 4/5 of the pod). Anyhow, here is the instruction of how to make your own home made vanilla paste.
- 20 g fresh vanilla beans (should be about 5 A grade fresh pods) or alternatively you can take vanilla powder (which is nothing else then grated whole vanilla beans)
- 60 g sugar
- 60 ml water
- tsp. juice of half a lime
|Ingredients: Lemon, sugar and vanilla powder / pods|
If you are using the whole pods, throw them together with the sugar in your kitchen aid and grind them to a fine powder. The rest is relatively easy. Throw all the ingredients in a saucepan or in a pot.
|Ingredients in the saucepan|
The bring the whole thing to a boil. Here is a warning. The whole of your kitchen is going to smell awefully delicious while your are cooking your pods, it always gets my stomach grumbling. So be sure you have eaten something before :). Ok now you cook everything for a few minutes until the water is reduced and you get something like a syrupie mass like you can see on the pictures.
|Vanilla paste boiling and simmering|
|reduced paste ready for botteling|
|Freshly homemade vanilla bean paste in the jar ready for baking|
Last but not least, not everybody can travel to the vanilla plantation and buy a lot of vanilla pods like I did. But you can get your vanilla simple and easy online. You can for example get best quality grade vanilla for a very attractive prize and support my partner that is trying to set up some shop in which you can buy fair traded vanilla that comes directly from the farmer. The shop is called Low Lands Import and they sell on Dawanda and other portals.