Marmalade Upside-Down Vanilla-Bourbon Pudding Cake

Bitter orange to vanilla is like Sonny to Cher…. two divas that compliment each other in the best way! To make the Cake: Ingredients 1 whole orange with skin on 1/4 c orange marmalade ½ c unsalted butter ½ c sugar 2 eggs 1 ½ c white flour ½ tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) DirectionsContinue reading “Marmalade Upside-Down Vanilla-Bourbon Pudding Cake”

Ecuadorian Colada Maracuya

This is a very common Ecuadoran breakfast beverage. It is slightly thick with a hearty oat flavor complemented by the opulent vanilla and tangy fruit.  Serve it warm or chilled.   It is amazing!  It’s worth trying the option using naranjillo or persimmons!! 20 minutes of preparation time Ingredients 8 cups of water 2 passion fruitsContinue reading “Ecuadorian Colada Maracuya”

Vanilla and Conservation

“We bring people together over good food.“ However, our customers, our producers and us have something else in common. Guayusa Runa and Amazanga are two Kichwa communities located in the Pastaza county of the Pastaza province.  In recent decades communities like these have relied on farming, running cattle, artisan crafts, petroleum jobs, or government projects toContinue reading “Vanilla and Conservation”

Amazing Exotic Eggnog

This eggnog has become the Christmas tradition in our family, it takes priority over opening presents and checking Christmas stockings.  It comes before that morning coffee.  It is our way of waiting and recognizing a special moment, savoring something special. 20 minutes of preparation time, ready in 6 hours Ingredients 5 cups milk 5 wholeContinue reading “Amazing Exotic Eggnog”

Make your own hand-crafted vanilla extract

Making vanilla extract is not difficult, is very rewarding to prepare, and can be developed and enhanced the longer you steep it.  It starts getting really good after 3-4 months and just gets better with age.  The Amazonia Vanilla Company prefers the bourbon variety of vanilla, known for its bold and intense flavors and variances. Continue reading “Make your own hand-crafted vanilla extract”

Vanilla Bean Kentucky Bourbon Pudding

This vanilla bean pudding is thick, opulent, and creamy. Kentucky Bourbon accentuates the vanilla. Exotic! Ingredients 1 2/3 cups whole milk, divided 1 cup light cream 1 vanilla bean 2/3 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 free range eggs 2 tablespoons Kentucky Bourbon 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract Directions Begin withContinue reading “Vanilla Bean Kentucky Bourbon Pudding”

Introducing: Vanilla Powder

Vanilla extract is what we are accustomed to using, but vanilla powder is not well known among home chefs.  Most extracts are alcohol based, which evaporate out during the high baking temperature, and some of the flavor also escapes. Vanilla powder is pure ground vanilla bean and includes the inner seed and paste to packContinue reading “Introducing: Vanilla Powder”