Recipes

Island Macaroons

Ingredients: 

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 bag Angel Flake coconut (14 oz.)

2/3 Cup All-purpose flour

pinch salt

1 Tablespoon VAIN Vanilla Extract (we prefer Indonesian Vanilla Extracted in Cane Rum)

Directions: 

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Chill for 30 minutes.

 

Scoop or spoon onto parchment lined baking sheet.

 

Bake in 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes. Cool on rack. Store in airtight container.

VAIN Products Used: 

Island Macaroons

Judy's Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Ingredients: 

5 ounces or 1 Cup Graham Crackers (can use crumbs)

8 Tbsp, divided Butter

1 Cup + 5 Tbs Sugar

1 Cup Hazelnuts, chopped

4 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate

1/4 Cup heavy cream

1 Tbsp + 1 tsp VAIN Uganda Vanilla extracted in Orange Spirits

3 packages cream cheese

3 eggs

grated peel of orange

16 ounces sour cream

Directions: 

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread chopped hazelnuts on half sheet pan and toast for 10-15 minutes, until brown. Stir every 3-5 minutes.

Bring cream cheese and sour cream to room temperature. Cut the cheese horizontally into 5 or 6 slices.

2. After removing hazelnuts from oven, increase temperature to 375 degrees. Reduce graham crackers to crumbs, I use a food processor, but a ziploc and a rolling pin work, too!

Combine the crumbs with 7 Tbsp melted butter, 2 Tbsp sugar and the toasted hazelnuts. Pat down to form a crust in a 9-inch springform pan, preferably non-stick. Bake 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack.

Heat heavy cream in microwave for 30 seconds.

3. Break 4 oz. of chocolate into small pieces and heat with 1 Tbsp butter in a double-boiler over barely simmering water. When the chocolate is fully melted and the mixture is smooth, add hot cream. Pour the mixture into the springform pan almost to the edges of the crust. This will produce a very firm chocolate layer.

Melted chocolate seizes when liquid is added to it. If a softer chocolate layer is preferred, melt 6 oz. of chocolate and when smooth, add 1 and 1/2 Tbsp. yogurt or sour cream.

4. Add the cream cheese to a food processor by dropping the slices in while motor is running. Alternate the cheese with 1 cup of sugar, 3 eggs, and 1 tsp. VAIN extract. Stop the motor periodically and run a spatula through the mixture. Mix the grated orange peel and 1 Tbsp VAIN extract into the cheese mixture with a spatula.

Pour the liquid cheese mixture into the springform pan. Bake for 35 minutes at 375 degrees F. Remove the cake and let it cool slightly while making the sour cream topping.

5. Heat the oven to 500 degrees F. Let ethe cake cool so that the top surface is fairly solid. Combine 16 oz. of sour cream, 3 Tbsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp. of VAIN vanilla extract in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Bake at 500 degrees for 5 minutes.

Remove the cake and let it cool to room temperature on a rack. Place uncovered cheesecake in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before eating. Enjoy!

Judy's Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Key Lime Pie

Ingredients: 

9" graham cracker or gingersnap pie shell

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

3 egg yolks (whites not used)

12 cup Key Lime Juice - I used Nellie & Joe's Key West Lime Juice

 

Directions: 

Combine milk, egg yolks and lime juice. Blend until smooth. Pour filling into pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Allow to stand 10 minutes before refrigerating. Just before serving, top with freshly whipped cream and garnish with lime slices.

Key Lime Pie

Ladyfingers

Ingredients: 

4 eggs, separated

1/8 tsp cream of tartar

2/3 cup white sugar

1 1/2 t VAIN vanilla extract, any variety

7/8 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Line two 17 x 12 inch baking sheets with baking parchment. Fit large pastry bag with a plain 1/2 inch round tube.

Place egg whites and cream of tartar in bowl and beat on high until soft peaks start to form. Slowly add 2 tablespoons of the sugar and continue beating until stiff and glossy. In another bowl beat egg yolks, vanilla extract, and remaining sugar. Whip until very thick and very pale in color.

Sift flour and baking powder together on a sheet of wax paper. Fold half the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture. Fold in flour, and then add the remaining egg whites. Transfer mixture to pastry bag and pipe out onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 8 minutes.

VAIN Products Used: 

Ladyfingers

Lemon Curd - Easy in the Microwave

Ingredients: 

3 Tablespoons lemon zest (from about three large lemons)

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from two to three large lemons)

1 1/2 cups sugar

8 Tablespoons butter

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 egg yolks, lightly beaten

 

Directions: 

Heat the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds so it is slightly melted, but not completely.

Whisk in the lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, and then the eggs and egg yolks.

Heat in the microwave for one minute intervals, whisking well in between until it can coat the back of a spoon well. It should take three to four minutes.

If you see some cooked egg in the finished curd, pour through a metal sieve and then refrigerate until full cool. It will thicken as it cools.

Note: Spread the lemon curd on your favorite toasted bread, as you enjoy a cup of coffee with VAIN Irish Vanilla Coffee Drops.

VAIN Products Used: 

Lemon Curd - Easy in the Microwave

Madeleines

Ingredients: 

makes 36 cookies

8 oz. eggs (4)

8 oz. cake flour, sifted

8 oz. sugar (1 cup)

1/4 tsp. salt

8 oz. melted butter

grated orange zest (1/2 tsp)

1 Tbsp. VAIN orange vanilla

Directions: 

Combine the eggs, sugar and salt. Stir over hot water to warm the mixture. Then whip until thick and light. Fold in sifted flour. Fold in butter and vanilla.

Deposit in silicone or buttered madeleine molds.

Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Remove from the pans immediately.

VAIN Products Used: 

Madeleines

Mini Apple Cider Pound Cakes

Ingredients: 

1 1/2 cups butter, softened

3 cups sugar

6 large eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. apple pie spice

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1 cup apple cider

1 Tablespoon VAIN Mexican Vanilla extracted in Apple Brandy

6 (5x3 inch) disposable aluminum foil loaf pans

Vegetable cooking spray

 

Toppings: Bourbon Glaze

1 cup confectioner's sugar

2 Tablespoons VAIN Madagascar Vanilla extracted in Kentucky Bourbon

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

Stir together flour and next 4 ingredients. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with apple cider, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat a low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.

Lightly grease disposable loaf pans with cooking spray. Pour batter into prepared pans, and place on a baking sheet.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 1 hour). For glaze-topped cakes, spoon glaze over cooled cakes.

Bourbon Glaze: In a medium bowl, stir the confectioners' sugar and bourbon until combined. Add more vanilla if glaze is too thick.

VAIN Products Used: 

Mini Apple Cider Pound Cakes

Mint Julep

Ingredients: 

1 scant ounce minted simple syrup

2 cups crushed ice

2 ounces bourbon (such as Woodford Reserve)

1 tsp Mexican vanilla in Kentucky Bourbon

Fresh mint sprig, for garnish

Directions: 

To highball glass or silver Julep cup, add minted simple syrup, then 1 cup crushed ice, bourbon, VAIN vanilla, and splash of water. Add enough of remaining ice to almost fill glass. Stir well and garnish with mint sprig.

VAIN Products Used: 

Mint Julep

Orange Ricotta Pound Cake

Ingredients: 

1 1/2 cups cake flour

2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. kosher salt

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, room temperature, plus more to grease baking pan

1 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese

1 1/2 cups sugar, plus 1 Tablespoon

3 large eggs

1 Tablespoon VAIN Vanilla extracted in Orange Spirits

1 orange, zested

Powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan with butter. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine.

Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, ricotta, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. With the machine running, add the eggs 1 at a time. Add the vanilla and orange zest until combined. Add the dry ingredients, a small amount at a time, until just incorporated. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean and the cake is beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 45 to 55 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Using a mesh sieve, dust the cooled cake with powdered sugar.

Note: To determine if cake is done baking, use an instant-read thermometer to take the internal temperature of the pound cake - it should be about 200 degrees.

VAIN Products Used: 

Orange Ricotta Pound Cake