Vanilla bean extract

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
½ cup Brandy
3 \N Or 4 Vanilla beans

Chop vanilla beans into small pieces, being careful not to lose any of the bean or the little black seeds.

Drop the pieces inot a clean jar and cover with the brandy. cover with a tight-fitting lid and keep in a dark place, shaking every 3 days or so.

Extract will be ready in 2 weeks. A touch more brandy can be added if the beans still seem potent. Mixture can be added to indefinately.

TO USE:

Use just as you would regular vanilla extract, but taste to make sure the brandy flavor isnot too strong.

Source: Cheaper and Better Alternatives To Store Bought Goods by Nancy Birnes

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