What do you do when a friend brings you back a couple of bags of vanilla beans from Bali? You certainly don't let them go to waste! You hunt down the perfect recipe. Well Changing Habits has always had great recipes - so I knew if anyone could make great Vanilla Bean Paste it had to be Cyndi! With a couple of tweaks I have a beautiful thermomix Vanilla Bean Paste, ready to take your cooking flavour to the next level.
The smell and flavour of this concentrated thermomix vanilla bean paste is divine. It will keep well for you in the fridge for a very long time. If a recipe asks for 1 teaspoon of vanilla, I use a scant ½ teaspoon of this vanilla bean paste.
I suggest doing your research and detective skills in finding the best price in Australia for Vanilla Beans. As I mentioned I was lucky enough to get these from a friend's visit to Bali. She can't remember where she bought them from - which I have told her in no uncertain terms the next time she goes over she must find out where so I can let you all know!
I had a couple of friends test this recipe and the general consensus - "This is SOOOOOO worth the time looking for decent priced Vanilla Beans. Leonie don't change a thing!"
One of my testers suggested that this Vanilla Bean Paste would be better than baking cookies if your house is on the market and you have an 'open house'. So if you need a good sale converter - give this a try! :)
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- 140g rapadura sugar
- 125g water
- 10 vanilla beans, cut into thirds
- Sterilise a glass jar.
- Place rapadura sugar and water into TM bowl and dissolve 5 mins / 50°C /
- Add vanilla beans and blend 20 sec / speed 9. Scrape down bowl and lid and repeat until smooth.
- Store in sterilised jar and keep in fridge.
TIP: Make something to utilise all the little specks of yummy vanilla left behind in your bowl and hiding under the blades. e.g. custard, cookies, rice pudding and jam.
Store in fridge up to 6 months.
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Pardon my ignorance. Do I need to soak the pods first? Or just rinse them under the tap?
No soaking required at all Cherry. :) Just cut them into thirds.
Sue Bradley says
I have a jar of date syrup. Do you have any recipes that use it. And how would it be instead of vanilla bean paste.
Sorry Sue I've never tried date syrup!
Was I meant to put the whole pods in or split and just add the beans? I added the whole pods and ended up having to strain it as I had fibrous bits all through, like mulch! Wasted quite a few tiny specks of deliciousness in the strained mulch.
Hi Shoena, Yes you use the whole pod which is cut down into about thirds. It's blended together with the sugar syrup at high speed twice at 20secs sp9. Pushing down the sides after the first 20secs and going again. This should be long enough to mince the pods into a paste. I have done it this way 8-10 times now and have never experienced fibrous pods left behind. But in the event it has, scrape down and go again for 20secs/ sp 9 until a paste is formed and no fibres left. I have used both fresh, soft pods and older, harder pods.
I will adjust the recipe to say if there are some fibrous bits to go again to smooth it out.
Nicole Cawood says
Made this today. Also found fribrous bits after two cycles of Speed 9 for 20secs. Repeated this step a few more times.
Did it crystalise at all?
No not at all Faye! :)
Thanks. Making it for second time. Worked beautifully.
Fabulous Faye great to hear! :)
Michelle Gatt says
Does thus thicken? Mine seems watery?
Michelle it will a little in the fridge. Just give it a stir before each use. :)
Tania Chernih says
do you use the whole vanilla bean, not just scarping out the insides?
Yes the whole vanilla bean Tania. Enjoy! :)
Brenda Ross says
Thanks for this recipe I bought beautiful vanilla beans from Madafair after researching the net, gourmet bourbon beans and great service not sure what the price was but it was the best.
Enjoy Brenda! :)