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shaolin

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« on: November 11, 2006, 11:06:23 AM »
I am having people over for dinner tonight and plan on baking banana pecan bars for dessert.  I went to three different stores today and none had vanilla extract (except for this expensive specialty stuff that was going to cost me four quid - the stuff I usually buy is only about 50p).

Can vanilla extract be substituted for something else when baking?  Will anyone notice if I leave it out altogether?  Flipping through my cookbooks, it looks like almost every dessert recipe I have includes vanilla.  

But I really want to make these bars tonight!

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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2006, 11:12:42 AM »
you could probably substitute rum or brandy

but if you don't replace it with something you will have a dessert that tastes ok but is "missing something"
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2006, 11:16:41 AM »
shaolin, it may be a bit late, but there must be stores where you can buy actual vanilla beans.

I think what you do with them is leave them in for a bit and then remove them, but we could google the technique. I suspect in the long run that is not only the better vanilla but also economical, and maybe even more PC.

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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2006, 11:18:45 AM »
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2006, 11:18:53 AM »
Is it the vanilla flavour I need, or the alcohol?  Because as far as I know, that low-grade vanilla extract that the supermarkets sell is mainly alcohol anyway...

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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2006, 11:20:26 AM »
a bit of both. But a flavoured alcohol ie not vodka would substitute

ETA found this googling vanilla substitute

   In a pinch, you can substitute maple syrup for vanilla extract, teaspoon for teaspoon. For 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, you also can substitute 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped, combined with the liquid used in the recipe.
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2006, 11:25:41 AM »
Thanks Debra - you must be so much more patient with google than I am!!

 

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