Saturday, December 31, 2005

Vanilla Sugar

I recently read a recipe that required the use of vanilla sugar. Since I rarely encounter this term, I browsed thru the net to find out what it is. Apparently, vanilla sugar is when a vanilla bean has been added to white granulated sugar or confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar. The bean is cut in half and buried in the sugar, covered, and left for a week or two to allow the vanilla to permeate through the sugar. This vanilla sugar can be used in place of regular sugar and adds a wonderful vanilla flavor to desserts.

Want to make your own? Here's how:

  • To make vanilla sugar place a cut vanilla bean into 1-2 cups (200-400 grams) of granulated white sugar or confectioners sugar and store in a covered container for a few weeks before using.
  • One tablespoon of vanilla sugar has the flavoring power of 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Do I sell this? No. I've decided to upload a post or two every month that provide small tips on how you can make your life sweeter by simple modifications you can make in your kitchen. I hope you'll find this tidbit useful. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Peanut Butter & Strawberry Jam Cake

Some people may find this weird, but pictured here is one of my latest concoctions: Peanut Butter & Strawberry Jam Cake. This is my adult version of the famous Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich.

This peanut butter based cake is layered with luscious ganache and exquisite strawberry jam, then iced with a scrumptuous white chocolate peanut butter ganache then topped off with a generous sprinkling of peanuts.

I know it sounds VERY sweet, but it's not. I also know, it sounds weird. But don't knock it until you've tried it. This cake is sure to satisfy your complex adult pallet and the yearnings of that child you have within. A combination of both class and simplicity.

The whole cake (9") is worth Eight Hundred Pesos (P800.00). A perfect gift for elderly and young alike.