My oldest niece K, is a pastry chef. My sister and my niece J, both are avid bakers. So as I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Dinosaurs can't eat pizza. Anyway, I love this blog, because Robyn and Nance ARE HILARIOUS!!!! Robyn also has my very favorite blog, Love & Hisses. Anyway, she had a link to a website with a recipe to make your own vanilla! Yum!!
So I decided, what better Christmas gift for bakers and Pastry Chefs!
So I bought 4 - 750 ml bottles of Vodka - I used Evanabitch cause it is my favorite vodka.
and a half pound of Madagascar Vanilla Beans,
and 4- 1 liter bottles to put the vanilla in.
I had some dark rum already.
So, I washed the liter bottles. The recipe linked above says to use 12 vanilla beans. At another website I visited, they recommended 5 beans for every 8 ounces of vodka. So I cut 15 vanilla beans length-wise, leaving an inch at the top of the bean where the two sides are connected. I put them in the liter bottle, and poured the 750 ml bottle of vodka over them. I then added a few ounces of rum to the mixture. I sealed the bottles and put them in my linen closet. I shake them everyday. The recipe listed above says to let the bottles sit for 2 months, but when I was buying my bottles at The Container Store, we were talking, and a lady said she made some. She said it was sooooo good, but it doesn't really get fantastic till 6 months.
According to the link above, when you use some, you can put more vodka in to replace it.
Doesn't it look yummy? It has only been two weeks.
I have to be honest and admit that I did smell it. It smells heavenly!!
I will let ya'll know how it goes over.