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Homemade Vanilla Extract

This is not a Thermomix recipe but it’s a pretty darn easy one and is very useful if, like me, you use a lot of vanilla extract in your cooking. It is much cheaper to make your own vanilla extract and you know what’s in it! The only problem is that it takes a long time to macerate but your patience will pay! You can top up this extract as you use it by adding a bit of alcohol (either Rum or Vodka) and adding a used vanilla pod once in a while…

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Source: here and there

Ingredients

200ml alcohol (Vodka or Rum – dark or white)
3 vanilla pods
1 tbsp golden syrup or cane sugar syrup or agave syrup

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Method

  1. Pour alcohol in a glass jar.
  2. Cut the vanilla pods in half lengthways and add to the jar.
  3. Add the syrup and mix well.
  4. Close the jar and leave in a dark cool place (cupboard) for minimum 3 weeks, shaking once per week at the beginning.
  5. When using, top up with the alcohol and add a used vanilla pod every so often.
  6. This will keep you going for a long time. The power of vanilla pods will last for 1 year, so discard older ones and replace with a fresh ones every year.

Sweet potato cake

This could come as a surprise to some to see sweet potatoes used in a dessert but it does work quite well just like the butternut squash cheesecake I did last autumn. This recipe comes from Titbebte, another member of the French forum Supertoinette, and it is her contribution to the monthly recipe challenge. Titbebete lives in the beautiful island of Réunion, situated near Madagascar and Mauritius. This cake is therefore very much inspired by the local food over there as not only is there sweet potato in it but also vanilla and rum. In fact, it’s the latter 2 ingredients that give this cake all its flavours, the sweet potato bringing it a lovely moist texture. I served it with a vanilla custard but a fruit coulis or chocolate sauce would work just as well! You can check out Titbebete other recipes in her blog: Titbebete’s kitchen.

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Source: Titbebete

Ingredients
Serves 6

500g sweet potatoes (2 sweet potatoes)
2 eggs
80g sugar (I used demerara)
1/2 vanilla pod, seeds only
10g rum (dark rum not the white type) or about 2 tbsp
50g melted butter

Method

  1. Peel the sweet potato and cut in chunks.
  2. Place in the TM bowl and cover with 1L water.
  3. Cook for 20 min/100C/speed 1. Drain well and set aside.
  4. Preheat the oven at 180C
  5. Place the eggs, sugar and vanilla in the empty TM bowl.
  6. Cook 5 min/37C/speed 3. The mixture should thicken.
  7. Add the cooked sweet potatoes and mix 20 sec/speed 5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  8. Add the melted butter and rum and mix 20 sec/speed 8.
  9. Pour into a dish about 22cm in diameter (I used silicone individual muffin moulds). With a fork, make a stripy pattern and bake for 20 minutes for individual cakes or 45 min for a single cake.