Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract

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I think vanilla extract is wonderful and gives your pastry a perfect vanilla hint.

Of course you could use vanilla sugar instead of vanilla extract, but I prefer the liquid vanilla. A small bottle of vanilla extract is really expensive in Germany, so I just make it myself.

You only need two “ingredients” and time. Just cut vanilla beans in half and put them in a bottle. Cover with vodka and allow to infuse for 3 weeks. Then remove the vanilla beans and sieve the vanilla extract to remove bigger vanilla parts. I dry the vanilla beans and then put them in a jar of sugar. Thus I have some vanilla sugar, too.

On the picture it seems as if some of the liquid evaporated. But I have used some for baking, before the 3 weeks were over.

Try it!



Vanilla Extract
Ergibt/Yield: 1 bottle
  • 500 ml (2 cups) vodka
  • 3 vanilla beans
  1. Cut the vanilla beans lengthwise in half and put them in a bottle, cover with vodka.

  2. Allow to infuse for 3 weeks, then remove the vanilla beans and sieve out the small vanilla parts and pour back in the bottle.
After removing the vanilla beans let them dry and then put into a jar of sugar. You get vanilla sugar this way. For a non-alcoholic version use food glycerin and double the amount of vanilla beans.


  1. Sylvia
    Tuesday August 13th, 2019 / 01:04 PM

    Die Zucchetti Brownies sind wunderbar geworden. Sehr lecker danke für dieses Rezept
    Sylvia Dräyer

    • Rina
      Tuesday August 13th, 2019 / 02:43 PM

      Liebe Sylvia,
      das freut mich zu hören!
      Liebe Grüße

  2. Tanja
    Saturday September 15th, 2018 / 09:14 AM

    Hallo Rina. Eine Frage schmeckt man dann nicht den alkohol?
    1/2 liter wodka ist ja eine menge
    Ganz liebe grüsse
    Ich liebe es deine rezepte nachzukochen. Immer lecker!!!!!

    • Rina
      Saturday September 15th, 2018 / 09:18 AM

      Liebe Tanja,
      wenn du ihn pur trinkst ganz sicherlich.
      Im Rezept wird aber fast immer nur 1 TL verwendet und da schmeckt man keinen Alkohol raus 😉
      Liebe Grüße

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