A friend stopped by work today and brought these beauties: Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans! They were wrapped in bundles with cellophane, and secured in a Ziploc bag, but even those measures didn’t prevent the scent of them distracting me the rest of the work day. She has no idea how wonderful of a treat this was! I have heard of how glorious the beans are, and how they infuse whatever they touch with a sweet, buttery decadence, but I was always put off about buying them because of their price.
At home, I unwrapped them: their smell is utterly intoxicating. If heaven is real, then I bet this is what it smells like.
My friend also supplied me with several recipes on how to use them. As I type this, I am in the process of making two batches of homemade Kahlua. 🙂
I followed the advice of my mama and started a bottle of “never-ending vanilla extract”. She instructed me to add two slit beans to a little bottle of vodka. After about a month, it’s ready. She said that every time you use a little, you replenish with more vodka, thus being “never-ending”. Cool.
I plan on making vanilla-bean oatmeal for breakfast tomorrow, but I am curious….
Does anyone have a favorite recipe using Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans you would like to share?