Vanilla essence. Can I cook it at home?
Who does not know the exquisite taste and aroma of vanilla buns? Vanilla essence gives a special finesse and delicate sweetish smell to baking. The pods of this spice are used in the preparation of confectionery, ice cream, cocktails, cake creams and puddings. In addition, vanilla essence is used not only in cooking, but also in perfumery, and is also widely used for flavoring rooms.
What is vanilla?
Vanilla is a climbing plant of the orchid family. Vanilla sticks (pods of this plant) usually reach 10-20 cm in length and have a twisted shape. It is the length of the pod that determines the quality of the spice. There are several varieties of this spice. Among them the following are considered the best: Mexican vanilla - the length of its pods reaches 25 cm, the Ceylon and Bourbon varieties are slightly smaller.
This is the usual sugar or powder with vanilla flavor. To impart such an aroma, a vanilla pod is placed in a container with sugar for a while, carefully closed and left for at least a week. During this time, the sugar is soaked with vanilla smell, after which the pods are removed.
It is a vanilla concentrate, which is obtained by soaking vanilla sticks in alcohol. Alcohol tincture of vanilla pods is used mainly for making cold desserts, as it does not tolerate exposure to high temperatures.
This is a type of highly concentrated vanilla extract. She, like any other food essence, is used in baking and cooking many desserts. In its production, various synthetic components are added, so it is much cheaper than natural vanilla extract.
It can be used for baking, as it is the only product from natural vanilla, which is heat-resistant to endure without loss. Vanilla powder is added to the dough for buns, biscuits and cakes.It is made by complete drying and subsequent grinding of vanilla pods.
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Unfortunately, in our time, not all food producers can be trusted. The market is filled with various kinds of seasonings. If you do not want to buy a fake of synthetic substances instead of natural vanilla extract, prepare this spice yourself. For this you need alcohol and vanilla pods. For 120 ml of alcohol you need to take 4-5 vanilla sticks. Then put the pods cut along the glass bottle and pour it with alcohol. Close the bottle tightly. Infused vanilla essence for about a month in a dark place. After that, it can be used for several years, since it is stored for a very long time in the refrigerator.
Often for the preparation of any dish it is required vanilla essence. What to replace this seasoning if it is not at hand? You can save your culinary masterpiece, for example, by adding vanilla sugar or powder to pastries. To replace 25 grams of essence, 2 grams of vanilla powder or 40 grams of vanilla sugar is taken.You can also use liquor or brandy for this purpose.