Homemade Cognac Vanilla Extract
What are the best beans for homemade vanilla extract?
For this homemade vanilla extract recipe, I prefer to use Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans. They have a floral aroma with a unique cherry-chocolate vanilla flavor that you can't get with imitation vanilla. For a bolder and a slightly smoky flavor, try Ugandan vanilla beans. Tahitian vanilla beans have a floral aroma with tones of ripe fruit; they are the perfect beans for when you are looking for cherry-chocolate, licorice, and caramel notes in a baked good.
You can really taste the difference when using homemade vanilla as an ingredient for baking. There’s no comparison. Plus, your bottles of homemade extract make great gifts!