Sometimes I am a bit skimpy with my grocery money, and I don’t splurge on expensive ingredients very often. Vanilla is the perfect example of this. I buy the 0.99 cent bottle of imitation vanilla rather than real vanilla extract. Don’t get me wrong. I would love the
expensive nice ingredients, but it usually doesn’t happen on my grocery budget.
This year for Christmas (my family celebrated it a little early, when we had our family reunion at Thanksgiving time) my older brother was assigned to give a gift to my family. This brother is the one who loves good food more than anyone else in my family, and I would take his advice regarding a recipe any day. Well lucky for me, he spoiled me with a few great spices! He gave me saffron, ceylon cinnamon and Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Paste. Wow! I don’t even know how to express my excitement! This was such the perfect gift for me, and I already have a million recipe ideas going through my head.
Before I start getting fancy with my gourmet ingredients I thought I would start out with a simple recipe to showcase the vanilla bean paste. I think the winter cold mingled with my brain cells, because the idea of a vanilla bean steamer wouldn’t get out of my head. But that’s okay, because it was actually a really good idea!
Just take a few minutes to scroll down and look at those pictures… Warm, frothy, creamy, sparkly vanilla bean paste. Could it get any better than that? It is unlikely.
This recipe is quick to whip up, and if you don’t have a Milk Frother then don’t fret. I don’t have one either, although I think it would be very handy! I just threw the steamed milk mixture into my blender and blended it for about a minute.
You can make this recipe with regular vanilla extract, but it really won’t be the same. The vanilla bean paste was so flavorful and yummy, and it was totally different than the vanilla I have been using for the past 22 years of my life. It is worth the splurge! And hey, it is a great Christmas or white elephant gift idea!
I also used 2% milk, but you can use any percentage that you prefer. It may alter the thickness slightly, but the flavor will remain the same.
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
Combine all the ingredients in a small sauce pan. Heat on medium, stirring frequently, until the mixture is hot and steamy, but not simmering.
Pour the mixture into a blender and blend on high for 60-90 seconds, or use a milk frother until desired foam is acquired. Pour into mugs and serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from Babble.com