A few months back I have received a pack of this precious "Madagascar Vanilla Beans" plus some other baking goodies from one of my blog friends, Gertrude from My Kitchen Snippets. All the while I have the intention make my very own "vanilla extract" and bakes using some good grade vanilla beans so this useful gift from Gertrude do comes in handy for my pantry.
Phoon Huat, SunLik, Bake King and etc. A good vanilla beans should be soft, oily and have an intense vanilla aroma.
Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract" is also another most commonly used vanilla among bakers and a small bottle like this cost 5 - 6 times the price of the normal vanilla essence. But I think it's worth investing a bottle of this to make a perfect Vanilla fragrant cake or pastry. I bought this from Shermay's Cooking School but you can get it in some other baking stores too.
|Orange Vanilla Loaf Cake |