Warm, sweet and spicy vanilla has earned the right to be considered the supreme ingredient to make a dessert truly sparkle. So if your vanilla desserts have not been mouth-watering lately, it might be that you are not using the right kind of vanilla.
But don’t worry, you don’t need to have the patience to make your own vanilla extract, to be sure it is hand-made and perfect, you can now get your gourmet vanilla extract at the restored hacienda Los Cinco Soles in Cozumel, where we are proud to offer you the most succulent and aromatic vanilla syrup you’ve ever tasted, as well as handcrafts, silver jewelry and souvenirs that will remind you of the colors and tastes of a timeless Mexico.
If you are a vanilla lover like us at Los Cinco Soles, you simply know what its sweet, floral, and delicately spicy taste can do for your courses because it can enrich everything from ice cream to cookies and custards, but without forgetting it is one of the most beloved and versatile savors, we have put together our favorite vanilla dessert recipes that will delight not only your palate, but all of your senses.
1. Crème Brulee, What a Sublime Vanilla Dessert!
Our Premium Natural vanilla essence is sweet-smelling and caramel sugary so imagine the explosion of flavor your creme brulee will taste like!
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur
3 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 325°. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, egg yolks and 3/4 cup sugar until blended but not foamy. Slowly stir in hot cream mixture and this is the perfect moment to add more flavor and color to the mix with our premium natural gourmet vanilla.
Heat cream and liqueur until bubbles form around sides of a saucepan; then remove from heat.
Place six 6-oz. broiler-safe ramekins in a baking pan. Pour the creamy mixture into the ramekins and place the pan on oven rack to bake for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Immediately, remove ramekins from water bath to a wire rack; cool 10 minutes. Refrigerate until cold.
Finally, don’t forget to caramelize the topping sprinkling custards evenly with remaining sugar and holding a torch flame about 2 in. above custard surface and rotating it slowly until sugar is evenly caramelized. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 1 hour. If you let the brulee sit too long the sugar will start to melt.
2. Triple Cream Vanilla Semifreddo with Raspberry Sauce. Do we have to say more?
Lightly sweetened with honey and flavored with our premium gourmet vanilla extract, you will have a succulent treat to captivate your senses as a gorgeous mix between ice cream, gelato, and frozen custard, that offers creamy and deliciously rich triple creams: ricotta, mascarpone, and heavy cream, coming together like a velvety frozen cheesecake.
1 pound whole milk ricotta cheese
4 ounces mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup liquid honey
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 table spoon of premium vanilla essence
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Fresh berries and stone fruit for serving, optional
2 cups raspberries, fresh or thawed frozen
1/4 cup granulated sugar
After lining the length of a loaf pan with plastic wrap so that it overlaps by 3 inches, put the ricotta, mascarpone, honey, salt in a food processor or blender, don’t forget your premium gourmet vanilla extract for a remarkable twist of flavors and puree all the ingredients until the ingredients merge and the mix looks smooth.
Then, whip the cream in a stand mixer until stiff peaks form, fold the ricotta mixture into the whipped cream in 3 additions until well blended. After that, spoon into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top, fold the plastic over to cover and freeze until set, at least 6 hours.
To make the raspberry sauce, sprinkle the sugar over the raspberries, stir and let it sit for 15 minutes. Puree in a small food processor. You can also add some of your vanilla extract, and for a smoother sauce, pour through a mesh strainer to remove the seeds.
Finally, serve, taking the semifreddo out of the freezer, let it sit until it softens and garnish with raspberry sauce and fresh fruit. Doesn’t it sound delicious?
3. Vanilla Cream Scones with Strawberry Jam! How very elegant, not to mention yummy!
Forget everything you thought you knew about vanilla desserts and take a bite at a melt-in- your- mouth vanilla scone that with a creamy topping and a drizzle of strawberry jam, it is sure to impress the most demanding palates.
4 cups self-raising flour
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 cup thickened cream
1 cup milk
2 tsp gourmet vanilla essence
2 tbsp icing sugar mixture, to serve
1/4 cup strawberry jam
1 1/2 cups thickened cream, whipped
150g strawberries, diced
Preheat oven to 190°C. Next, line a flat baking tray with baking paper. Sift flour, sugar and a pinch of salt into a large bowl.
Then, combine cream, milk, include add your vanilla extract carefully in a jug to pour it our into the dry ingredients and stir with a flat-bladed knife to combine. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth.
After patting the dough out to a 2.5cm-thick round, use a 5cm scone cutter, cut 12 scones from dough. Gently press remaining dough together and repeat. Place scones on prepared tray, allowing a little room for spreading. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven. Cover with a clean tea towel and stand scones on tray for 10 minutes.
Make strawberry cream: Stir jam in a bowl until softened slightly. Add cream and half the strawberries. Gently fold through until just combined.
After splitting the scones in half, top the bases with a dollop of strawberry cream, remaining strawberries and scone tops. Dust with icing sugar and serve.
These scones will look spectacular on a plate with nothing but a streak of your strawberry sauce, but you could add fresh fruit or chocolate ganache, too or even pour a bit more of your vanilla extract on top of them just for more fun and flavor.
Now, with these incredibly easy to follow recipes, you can agree with us that these delicacies will never be the same without the aromatic, sweet, and musky taste of our vanilla essence. So what are you going to be baking today? Please don’t be a stranger and tell us… Don’t these vanilla desserts just delight your senses?
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