Delicious fragrant handmade vanilla essence – what could be better than that! Today on the blog Louise Vargas from 280 Bakes shares her super simple recipe.

280 Bakes Vanilla Essence

How to Make Your Own Vanilla Essence

Isn’t it frustrating the rate you go through vanilla essence? It seems almost every day I am off to the shop to buy yet more of those diddy little bottles. And, if you’re anything like me, a lot of the recipes I use require this small ingredient. For at least a pound a bottle, costs can quickly mount up, and you could be tempted to bulk buy the 38ml bottles, looking like a loon with a shopping basket full of vanilla.

However, dear reader, there is another way! An old friend shared her own “recipe” (it’s barely two lines long!) with me, which I’ve since used to great effect, so I wanted to share it here.

What do you need?

1 x bottle of vodka

1 x packet of vanilla pods

That’s it!

What’s the method?

Simply take the vanilla pods, slice them lengthways so they open a little to expose the black seeds. Open the vodka bottle (steady!), and drop the pods down inside. Seal the bottle again, and leave the booze to infuse for around six months.

Why both making your own vanilla essence?

This is a two minute job – no word of a lie. It’s fast, easy, and so much more economical. A bottle of vodka might cost you £12, the pods another couple of quid, but it could yield more than 10 times what comes in a little piddly bottle, and takes up much less precious cupboard space. Added to that, there’s the smug factor: You just made your own vanilla essence, and the cake you bake using it will taste all the better for it, I promise.

280 Bakes Vanilla Essence

Don’t tell anyone, but this is also a fab way of making vanilla flavoured vodka, if that’s your tipple…

I am so going to try this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing Louise.

For more information on Louise check out her Bristol based business 280 Bakes. 

Don’t forget to let us know in the comments box if you try this as well!

Pia Cato

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