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Homemade Vanilla Extract       CD     Veg    ACC    7 weeks


Makes 480ml/16fl.oz.    Cold   Vegetarian   Vegan   Gluten Wheat Dairy Free   Eggless   Ingredient



2 whole Vanilla Pods 

300ml/10fl.oz. Brandy or Vodka

150ml/5fl.oz. Water 

225g/8oz 1 Granulated Sugar




1. Split the vanilla pods lengthways with the tip of a sharp knife then  cut into short lengths.


2. Place the vanilla and brandy in a large glass jar which has a tight-fitting lid. Cover with the lid and allow to stand at room temperature for 3 weeks, shaking the container vigorously every 3 days.


3. Strain liquid through a double layer of cheesecloth, very fine sieve or coffee filter into a mixing bowl.


4. In a medium saucepan, combine the water and sugar over medium heat. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly, and cook until sugar dissolves. 


5. Remove from heat and cool then add to the vanilla mixture, stirring to thoroughly combine. Pour mixture into a sterilised bottle, cover with a screw top lid and allow to stand at room temperature for 1 month.


Use as for shop-bought vanilla extract or essence.










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Key techniques required to make this recipe


Boil - To bring a liquid to boiling temperature and to maintain it throughout the cooking time.


Chop to To cut into pieces of approximately the same size


Slice to -  To cut food, such as bread, meat, fish or vegetables, into flat pieces of varying thickness.


Tips, Options and Substitutions

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Main equipment required to make this recipe


Chopping Knife

Chopping Board


Wooden or Plastic Spoon

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