Vanilla Bean?

Baking By nastassia Updated 4 Oct 2010 , 10:25pm by All4Show

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nastassia Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 3:01am
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Ok...does anyone have a good vanilla bean buttercream recipe? First off....HOW do I use vanilla bean? lol I bought it, and used it ONCE, I scraped out the inside to make a filling for fruit tarts, but it came out grainy...its a good thing what I was using had to be cooked, so it soon dissolved, but if I make it into a buttercream icing, how do I use it? and does it really make such a big difference than using extract? the stuff is expensive!

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Rose_N_Crantz Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 3:14am
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Yep, it's gonna be grainy. You can see the little specks in vanilla bean ice cream.

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imagenthatnj Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 3:28am
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Here's another thread from today:

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-6363879.html

I make my own vanilla extract by using the vanilla beans sliced down the middle (the long way) in a bottle of vodka. Keep it for a few months, and you have vanilla extract.

I also keep on adding the outside (after I scrape the seeds and use them) to the bottle.

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KimmyKakes4Me Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 3:47am
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The point of using real vanilla is to see the specks and add to the gourmetness. I use a concentrated paste that I get from Europe, and it's so jammed with seeds, you can actually feel them crush when you bite the frosting. Doesn't get any better than that.

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imagenthatnj Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 4:00am
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Yes, I also buy a Madagascar vanilla paste at a gourmet store and I love the speckles. I guess you have to like the specks and even maybe the "graininess". That's how I like my raspberry puree too, with seeds.

I remember someone here used it a lot in her cakes. You could actually see the specks of the seeds on her buttercream.

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1262698

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nastassia Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 4:31am
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ok. Well I wouldn't mind specks, but there were big ones, I think its just b/c I prob scraped a bit of the outside too? must've.

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thanks everyone! oh and do u guys have a good vanilla cupcake recipe? like one besides the WASC? or should I just try that with vanilla only? w/o the almond?

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AnnieCahill Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 10:18am
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Just use the WASC and replace the almond for vanilla. You can use either the vanilla bean paste from Nielsen Massey or get a bean. Yes you will have specks-it will kind of look like pepper. It's tasty!

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imagenthatnj Posted 3 Oct 2010 , 1:41pm
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I love Alyssa Huntsman Vanilla Buttermilk cake from her Sky HIgh Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes; I use it on cupcakes a lot and everybody loves it. I don't use anything else anymore.

http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/07/project-wedding-cake-the-cake-is-baked/

This blog used both the vanilla and the chocolate one.

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scp1127 Posted 4 Oct 2010 , 7:13am
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Since I found vanilla bean paste, I use it exclusively.

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LisaPeps Posted 4 Oct 2010 , 7:45am
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Ron Ben Isreal using actual vanilla bean in his buttercream... if he does it, it must be right!! ^_^

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=7036515&id=111752518573&ref=fbx_album

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All4Show Posted 4 Oct 2010 , 10:25pm
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Wow! The edges and sides of those cakes are amazing.

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