Vanilla Bean

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Vanilla Ice Cream V

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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

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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

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

Banana Crepes

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French crepes filled with a sweet cream sauce over bananas and topped with whipped cream.

Shortbread Cookies II

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Use only butter in these for best flavor.
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Vanilla Chantilly Cream

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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.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

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Homemade vanilla extract! What could be better and cheaper! I use Madagascar vanilla beans.

Frozen Vanilla Custard

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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.
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Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream

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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.
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Portuguese Custard Tarts - Pasteis de Nata

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These are delicious Portuguese Custard Tarts.

Vanilla Pastry Cream

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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 Bean Cheesecake

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If you like restaurant vanilla bean cheesecake, then try this! The cookies make this one much more special and far more yummy. Pure vanilla bean extract is a must. I use Tahitian vanilla beans and extract. This also makes more than enough batter for a 10 inch pan, so you can make cupcakes too.

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Instant Pot® Vanilla Extract

Homemade vanilla takes months to develop, but if you have an Instant Pot® you can make vanilla extract even faster! You don't have to get expensive vodka, because the star is the vanilla beans! Make sure you use quality vanilla beans--and yes, the type of vanilla beans does matter. I bought my vanilla beans from the Savory Spice Shop®.

No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

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This ice cream is so creamy and good, I think it's better than store-bought! You can add anything to make different flavors.

Coffee Liqueur I

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Rich and yummy! This liqueur needs to be made 1 month ahead of giving or drinking! Makes great gifts when poured into separate smaller bottles and tied with ribbon!