Vanilla Bean

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Vanilla Ice Cream V

Rating: 4.45 stars
No-cook, no eggs, made with half-and-half and cream. Great, simple, classic vanilla ice cream! This is designed for an old-fashioned ice cream maker that yields 1 gallon; be sure to scale recipe down if you have a countertop model.

Easy Valentine Sandwich Cookies

Rating: 4.6 stars
This recipe makes 17- 3 inch sandwich cookies and 17 - 1 1/2 inch heart shaped cookies. You'll need a 3-inch heart shaped cutter and a 1 1/2-inch heart shaped cutter. Frost with Pink Valentine Frosting (see recipe).

Double Chocolate Pie

Rating: 4.6 stars
Rich and chocolaty, a truly sinful pie! Chocolate fans will love it! Garnish each slice with whipped topping.

Banana Crepes

Rating: 4.64 stars
French crepes filled with a sweet cream sauce over bananas and topped with whipped cream.

Vanilla Chantilly Cream

Rating: 5 stars
This is a sweeter version of whipped cream. It is smooth and satiny. My family loves it on pancakes, chocolate mousse, and just about anything that needs a sweet touch. Enjoy, from my family to yours.

Portuguese Custard Tarts - Pasteis de Nata

Rating: 4.41 stars
These are delicious Portuguese Custard Tarts.

Frozen Vanilla Custard

Rating: 4.63 stars
American-style ice cream uses no eggs, but this is the French style--with eggs! It's rich and creamy and, although traditionally served soft in cones, I prefer to freeze it firm then scoop it.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Rating: 4.72 stars
Homemade vanilla extract! What could be better and cheaper! I use Madagascar vanilla beans.

Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream

Rating: 4.51 stars
The key to a great pastry cream is using the minimum of starch. You need enough so the cream holds a shape, but not so much it interferes with the flavor. This version uses cornstarch; just be careful not to keep cooking it once it has thickened. This is perfect in Napoleons, pies, tarts, or cakes.

Low-Carb Sugar-Free Instant Pot® Cheesecake

Rating: 4.08 stars
A crustless Instant Pot® cheesecake. Garnish with strawberry syrup or whipped cream, if desired.

Mini Vanilla Cupcakes

Everything vanilla in these bite-sized cupcakes. So cute and tasty.

Inspiration and Ideas

Vanilla Pastry Cream
Rating: Unrated
The classic version of vanilla pudding. Quick and easy. If you wish, substitute 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract for the vanilla bean, adding it after the pastry cream is removed from heat.
Vanilla Sugar
Rating: Unrated
A lot of European cookie recipes use vanilla sugar in place of vanilla extract. My mother would make a large canister in August in preparation for her cookie baking season (between Thanksgiving and the beginning of the Christmas holidays).

Homemade Vanilla

Rating: 4.26 stars

Easy to make and much cheaper. As you use it, top it off with more vodka.