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Vanilla extract recipes

Vanilla extract

Vanilla extract is derived from the vanilla pod and is produced by steeping it in alcohol and water. Only vanilla extract has the true flavour and aroma of vanilla pods.

Recipes using vanilla extract

Light meals & snacks


Starters & nibbles


Cakes and baking

Drinks and cocktails


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Buyer's guide

Those marked ‘pure vanilla extract’ are the best quality, if more expensive. Vanilla extract can be used as flavouring in place of the real thing, but avoid using products marked ‘vanilla flavouring’, which lacks the true flavour and aroma of vanilla.

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