Was it worth it? you ask. I think that I can safely say YES! Thank you Fork one! What I did was go to Whole Foods and pick up some Vanilla beans then put them it a cute little bottle of vodka and let them sit in my cupboard since April 29. You can see how much it has cured over the months...
Today I pulled it out of the cupboard and made shortbread cookies. I wanted to have the simplest recipe possible so that I could taste my hand made Vanilla.
1 cup all purpose Flour
2 TBS corn starch
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup + 2 TBS Brown Sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter (room temperature)
2 TBS granulated sugar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
Sift together the first 3 ingredients. In another bowl mix Brown Sugar, Butter, Sugar and Vanilla. Beat until well blended. Then add the dry ingredients a little at a time beating until smooth. Once it is well blended roll into a log about 6 inches long, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Before you take it out preheat an oven to 325 then cut the cookies about 1/4 inch thick and put on the baking sheet. Bake for about 18-10 minutes, rotate the pan at least a couple of times.
How did it work out? In a word great! The cookies were a great showcase for the ingredients although I may have tasted the butter a little more than the Vanilla I can't say that is all bad.