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Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Vanilla Beans?

Jacqueline Raposo 7 comments

What else can you do with vanilla besides baking? Four chefs across the country share secrets from their kitchens. More

Puddin 'n' Pie From 'Mother Daughter Dishes'

Emma Kobolakis Post a comment

Help yourself to a slice of pudding (and pie) with this old-fashioned treat from Mother Daughter Dishes. A crushed pecan crust is topped with a layer of sweetened cream cheese, then a layer of vanilla pudding, and finally, vanilla whipped cream. It firms up beautifully in the fridge, with a mouthful of textures to please the palate. More

Puddin 'n' Pie From 'Mother Daughter Dishes'

Serious Eats Emma Kobolakis 3 comments

Pudding and pie: it's the best of both worlds. Mother Daughter Dishes takes a salty crust made of crushed pecans, spreading a layer of sweet cream cheese, vanilla pudding, and finally, whipped cream, atop it. The entire thing is chilled until set, to form thick squares of cool, sweet richness. More

Bake the Book: Vanilla Cream Cheese Cupcakes With Black Raspberry Buttercream From 'Fruitful'

Emma Kobolakis 2 comments

Black raspberries, tiny gems that they are, are only in season for three weeks during the summer. This recipe from Fruitful captures their tart and tangy flavor in a thick, rich buttercream that adorns spongy, fragrant vanilla cream cheese cupcakes. Each one is finished with a solitary juicy berry, the only garnish they really need. More

Vanilla Cream Cheese Cupcakes With Black Raspberry Buttercream From 'Fruitful'

Serious Eats Emma Kobolakis 3 comments

This recipe came to Fruitful from Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin, the duo behind Brooklyn's Ovenly, a beloved bakery located in Greenpoint. Light and slightly tangy vanilla cupcakes are topped with a pale purple buttercream, flavored with black raspberries, a berry that's darker and slightly more tart than the familiar red raspberry. More

Chef Stephen Collucci's Vanilla Cake

Serious Eats Jacqueline Raposo Post a comment

This classic vanilla cake recipe from Chef Stephen Collucci is incredibly workable, with a sturdy but yielding texture and an incredible amount of flavor. More

Soft and Rich Vanilla Frozen Custard

Serious Eats Max Falkowitz 3 comments

This recipe makes rich, soft frozen custard like you'll find at Shake Shack, Kopp's, Leon's, and all sorts of custard shops around the South and Midwest. More

Taste Test: Is Better Vanilla Extract Worth the Price?

Sweets J. Kenji López-Alt 77 comments

Real vanilla extract doesn't come cheap. Depending on where you buy it, it can range from a little under a buck an ounce all the way up to several dollars. Add real vanilla beans into the mix and prices can climb even higher. But does more expensive vanilla make for better flavor? Tastier cookies and better vanilla ice cream? Where does artificial vanilla extract figure into it? We decided to find out. More

Bake the Book: Custard Tart

Sweets Emma Kobolakis 4 comments

With a golden tint that belies plenty of eggy richness, The Complete Nose to Tail piles on the yolks for a custard tart that relies on only nutmeg and vanilla to round out its flavor. More

Fergus Henderson's Custard Tart

Serious Eats Emma Kobolakis 4 comments

With a wobbly center comprised of little more than egg yolks and cream, this sweet custard tart from Nose to Tail is rich and simple, dusted with nutmeg and speckled with vanilla bean. More

Bake the Book: Steamed Lemon and Vanilla Syrup Sponge

Sweets Emma Kobolakis 4 comments

"Keep the scurvy at bay" is the single descriptive line The Complete Nose to Tail gives to this recipe. And it's not far off: being that a whole lemon is used in the making of the cake, you'll be soaking in the Vitamin C. More

Steamed Lemon and Vanilla Syrup Sponge

Serious Eats Emma Kobolakis 2 comments

Little more than vanilla sponge cake soaked in lemon syrup, The Complete Nose to Tail bakes it in a bowl, rind and all. The result? Soft, clinging cake with a kiss of citrus. More

From the Pastry Dungeon: Vanilla Pudding

Sweets Anna Markow Post a comment

Though many pudding recipes do not include eggs, I like yolks in my vanilla pudding for a little extra richness and color, and for that "French vanilla" flavor. More

Vanilla Pudding

Serious Eats Anna Markow Post a comment

Though many pudding recipes do not include eggs, I like yolks in my vanilla pudding for a little extra richness and color, and for that "French vanilla" flavor. More

From the Pastry Dungeon: Toasted Vanilla Ice Cream with Roasted Plums

Sweets Anna Markow Post a comment

I meant to make caramel ice cream. I did one thing right, though, adding a split vanilla bean to the sugar before setting it on the stove. Turns out, sugary toasted vanilla bean smells a lot like toasted marshmallow. And luckily for me, toasted vanilla goes just as well with roasted plums as caramel does. More

Cookie Monster: Vanilla Sprinkle Cookies

Sweets Carrie Vasios Mullins Post a comment

Though I have a weakness for anything coming out of an Italian bakery case, I'll admit that sometimes the sprinkle-covered cookies can be dry, or, despite their coatings, not actually sweet enough. This recipe solves those problems, making them as tasty as they are fun to look at. More

Vanilla Sprinkle Cookies

Serious Eats Carrie Vasios Mullins 7 comments

These vanilla cookies are covered in sprinkles, just like your local Italian-American bakery used to make. More

9 Ways To Use Vanilla Beans

Sweets Carrie Vasios Mullins 1 comment

Clocking in at five dollars a pop or more, vanilla beans are undoubtedly expensive. But they add a complexity of flavor, a mix of sweet, floral, earthy, and spicy, that blows vanilla extract away. So if you are going to drop the cash for the good stuff, how should you use it? Here are 9 of our favorite ways. More

Raspberry Doughnuts with Vanilla Dipping Sauce

Serious Eats Emma Kobolakis 1 comment

It doesn't get much simpler or more indulgent than a fresh doughnut. Being able to make your own is a must for any aspiring home pastry chef. Old School Comfort Food shares chef Alex's recipe for fluffy, sugar-encrusted doughnuts filled with tangy jam and accompanied by a creamy vanilla sauce. More

Spiced Vanilla Pear Jam

Serious Eats Stephanie Stiavetti 6 comments

An all natural pear preserve sweetened with concentrated fruit juice. More

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