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- Des, The Grommet
I opened the bottle of your vanilla extract last weekend to bake some cookies and the difference in taste is extraordinary." – Judy

Very Vanilla Creme Brulee Plus Variations

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This is a very popular dessert as most of us love the rich and homey taste and texture of custard. The warm crunchy sugar crust, in contrast with the silken cold custard makes each bite a total sensory pleasure. Serve just as it is or with fresh berries on top.

Note: You may substitute 2 teaspoons of Rain’s Choice vanilla paste instead of the bean, vanilla bean powder and extract.  Eliminate the bean, powder and extract and add vanilla bean paste to the cooled custard mixture before baking.

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Vanilla Banana Mac-Nut Cookies

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Courtesy of Gina Tassone, Vanilla Contessa

Almost everyone has experienced the frustration of bananas that have gone from perfect to mush, seemingly overnight. Summer is especially cruel to the sweet and perishable fruit. The Queen’s right-hand woman, Gina, a.k.a. the Contessa, has thoughtfully shared with us a great recipe for utilizing those overripe bananas. You will undoubtedly want to use this recipe often, as it’s quite good.

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Seriously Chocolate Crackle Cookies

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What I love about these cookies is that they are deeply chocolate, slightly crisp and chewy on the outside and densely chocolate inside. Just before serving, pop them into a microwave for a few seconds or a warm (not hot) oven for a few minutes to melt the chocolate a little.  They also keep well, assuming you can keep from eating them all in one sitting.

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Pfeffernusse

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 Courtesy of Chef Stephen Block: www.kitchenproject.com

Chef Stephen says, “The most fascinating thing to me about this classic German Christmas cookie is how the flavors of this cookie develop with aging. A few weeks in a cookie tin and all the spices and flavors double in flavor.

“Some recipes actually call for a very small amount of ground pepper to be added to the dough. We recommend that the pepper be used at the discretion of the cook. Since these cookies contain no shortening, they become rather hard; they may need to be “dunked” in milk or coffee.”

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Nanaimo Bars

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Cookie? Cake? Extreme Candy Bar?
It’s hard to know how to define a Nanaimo bar with it’s cookie crust, icing filling and chocolatey topping, but whatever you call it and however you serve it, one thing’s for sure… It’s decadent and delicious!

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Lebkuchen

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 Courtesy of Chef Stephen Block: www.kitchenproject.com

Stephen wears several hats.  He is a chef, cooking school instrutor and also has at least two culinary websites.  The Kitchen Project is a good place to start to learn more about Stephen’s work.  The following is his commentary about the German holiday cookie, lebkuchen or “love cookies.” 

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Holiday Cookie Cutouts

 A long time ago I discovered the following recipe for cut out cookies. It is absolutely the best recipe I’ve ever found and it’s the one I use even after the holidays when I want a really flavorful cookie. While it isn’t necessary to use Tahitian vanilla extract, its unique flavor definitely stands out in this recipe. I personally like these cookies unadorned, but I’ve included a recipe for Royal Icing for those of you who would like to decorate the cookies.

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White Cake With Butter Cream

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Courtesy of Chef Stephany Buswell: www.chefany.com

This is a good, basic vanilla cake. It becomes spectacular with the butter cream recipe that follows.

Stephany says: “This is my favorite butter cream. It is very perishable and should not be made more than a day in advance. If you are looking for a wonderful creamy and not very sweet icing that showcases the vanilla bean, I think you will love this one.

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Pineapple Cheese Crumbcake

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Courtesy of Beth Hensperger

Most coffee cake recipes, especially ones for winter, call for canned pineapple, but here the glistening fresh fruit layer is made from scratch and accented with pure vanilla, a most complementary culinary pairing. To choose a ripe pineapple, look for a strong sweet fragrance and yellow-brown skin that is not too green; the leafy crown will be a bright green and an inner leaf will detach easily when plucked from the center. Adapted from an old recipe clipped from Bon Appétit magazine decades ago, it is quite perfect in flavor and texture, and easily serves a large crowd. This is simply one of the best homemade coffeecakes.

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Mom’s Best Cheesecake

Courtesy of Chef Stephany Buswell: www.chefany.com

Stephany says about this recipe: “When I was a child my mom made this cheesecake for every holiday or special occasion. My mom died when I was 17 and I forgot about her cooking until I became a serious baker in my 20s. I began searching for a recipe like the one my mother had made but could never duplicate the recipe.

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Fresh Apple Upside Down Cake

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Courtesy of Rose Levy Beranbaum

This cake was inspired by the height of the apple season, fall of 1991. It is reminiscent of Tart Tatin with cake instead of pastry (one could call it Gâteau Tatin!). The caramelized apples and walnuts, topping a velvety tender butter cake is a fabulous combination. I brought it, hot from the oven, to my cousin Marion’s house in Westchester for dinner, along with a special treat: Glensfoot cream, which is high in butterfat and not ultra pasteurized. She whipped it in a copper bowl, right at the table, perfuming it with Jack Daniel’s bourbon, and spooned a little onto the top of each portion of cake. It was perfect to temper the sweetness of the cake. We all loved it. This is truly a dessert made in heaven.

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Double Vanilla Hazelnut Pound Cake

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Courtesy of Janet Johnson

Janet has a touching story about this pound cake which is a little too long to share here in its entirety. Briefly, she has a friend who was born in Austria whose father worked for the railroads. Each day he walked 12 miles, inspecting the condition of the rails. While he walked, he gathered the wild hazelnuts growing alongside the tracks, and brought them home as a treat to his family.

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