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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Vanilla Bean Puddings - A Guest Post

Hi everyone. I'd like to introduce you to Andrea. She owns Wild Bean Vanilla Company and is a sponsor this month on the blog. She is sharing a great pudding recipe today using some of her Extract.

Homemade Pudding 

 Hello all, I’m Andrea, and together my husband Chad and I own Wild Bean Vanilla Co. A huge thank you to Karyn for letting us join you today for a guest post on her blog! Chad and I opened our company after a friend gave us a bottle of real handcrafted extract, and we realized what a difference it made in the taste of our foods. Real vanilla extract brings out and enhances the natural flavors of foods, and melds the tastes of the recipes together. In addition to our handcrafted vanilla extracts, we also sell four varieties of vanilla beans and eight (soon to be 11!) flavored extracts, including coconut, banana and chocolate. I wanted to make a simple, classic recipe for Karyn’s blog, and adding flavors to pudding was always something I had wanted to try! This pudding is easy to make, and you can choose whatever flavor you would like! We tried the Madagascar and Mexican vanilla extracts, and the banana, coconut and coffee extract. Since Mexican vanilla extract is generally better in cream based recipes, I wasn't surprised that this was our favorite vanilla! My personal favorite flavored pudding was the banana, and Chad liked the coconut.

Ingredients:

  • 2 C. Milk
  • ½ C. White Sugar
  • 3 Tbls Corn Starch
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract –or- Your choice of flavored extract (banana, lemon, etc)
  • 1 Tbls. Butter

Directions:

  1. In medium saucepan, combine dry ingredients. Stir well to remove lumps.
  2. Add cold milk, and stir together to remove lumps.
  3. Over medium heat, stir consistently until pudding begins to thicken (approximately 20-25 minutes).
  4. Pour into a glass dish, add your choice extract (vanilla or flavored) and butter, stir.
  5. Stir, then chill for approximately an hour.
  6. Garnish as desired - we used bananas, chocolate sauce and toasted coconut with ours!) Enjoy!
This was such a fun recipe to make, and we really enjoyed the diversity of being able to create our own flavor! I hope you enjoy it! We love to chat with people about vanilla and good food, so feel free to check out our blog or Facebook page if you have questions we can answer for you!

Thanks so much, Andrea!! I really need to get my hands on some Vanilla Beans. I've got some Mexican Vanilla and I love it when I make Vanilla Ice Cream. 


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