Homemade Vanilla Essence

Homemade Vanilla Essence

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While watching a Hairy Bikers programme a few months ago they mentioned making your own vanilla essence using brandy.  So after a bit of googling I found that vodka was actually the best alcohol to use.

I use a lot of vanilla essence and it is quite expensive.

Recipe

Buy vodka and vanilla pods (known as beans in the USA)

Split the vanilla pods down the centre and cut in half

Add vanilla to vodka

Shake well

Keep in a dark cupboard and shake once a week

Ready to use after around 12 weeks

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