Other Delectable Recipes

Apple Dip

Ingredients: 

8 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 tsp. VAIN Vanilla (I used Tanzanian Vanilla in Spiced Rum)

Directions: 

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir with a spoon, or hand mixer, until smooth. Serve immediately with sliced apples. Keeps in refrigerator for up to a week.

VAIN Products Used: 

Apple Dip

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Ingredients: 

1 and 1/2 cups apple cider
2 cups all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk, at room temperature*
1 teaspoon Vain Mexican vanilla extracted in Apple Brandy

Topping
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions: 

Reduce the apple cider: Stirring occasionally, simmer the apple cider in a small saucepan over low heat until you're left with about 1/2 cup. Start checking at 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes, etc until you have 1/2 cup. Mine takes about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray donut pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.

Make the donuts: Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, apple pie spice, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.

Whisk the melted butter, egg, brown sugar, granulated sugar, milk, and vanilla extract together. Pour into the wet ingredients, add the reduced apple cider, and whisk everything together until smooth and combined. Batter will be slightly thick.

Spoon the batter into the donut cavities—for ease, I highly recommend using a large zipped-top bag. Cut a corner off the bottom of the bag and pipe the batter into each donut cup, filling about halfway.

Bake for 10-11 minutes or until the edges and tops are lightly browned. To test, poke your finger into the top of the donut. If the donut bounces back, they're done. Cool donuts for 2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Re-grease the pan and bake the remaining donut batter.

Coat the donuts: Combine the granulated sugar, cinnamon, and apple pie spice together in a medium bowl. Once cool enough to handle, dunk both sides of each donut in the melted butter, then generously in the apple spice topping.

Donuts are best served immediately. Leftovers keep well covered tightly at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Make ahead tip: You can freeze the donuts, coated or not coated in the toppings, for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm up to your liking in the microwave. 

VAIN Products Used: 

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Brown Sugar Vanilla Bourbon Salmon

Ingredients: 

3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon Vain Mexican Vanilla extracted in KY Bourbon
1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce

1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
4 (6-oz.) skin-on salmon fillets (such as wild Alaskan)

Directions: 

Whisk together brown sugar, Vain vanilla, soy sauce, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Pour into a shallow dish. Place salmon, flesh side down, in sauce. Chill 15 minutes.

Remove salmon from dish. Place marinade in a saucepan; boil 2 minutes. Place salmon, skin side down, on oiled grates; grill, covered, to desired degree of doneness, 10 to 12 minutes for medium, brushing occasionally with reserved marinade. Place on a platter; top with remaining 1/4 cup scallions and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. 

VAIN Products Used: 

Brown Sugar Vanilla Bourbon Salmon

Brown Sugar Vanilla Bourbon Salmon

Ingredients: 

3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon Vain Vanilla extracted in KY Bourbon
1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce

1/2 tsp. black pepper, ground
4 (6-oz.) skin-on salmon fillets (such as wild Alaskan)

Directions: 

Whisk together brown sugar, vanilla extract, soy sauce, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Pour into a shallow dish. Place salmon, flesh side down, in sauce. Chill 15 minutes.
Remove salmon from dish. Place marinade in a saucepan; boil 2 minutes. Place salmon, skin side down, on oiled grates; grill, covered, to desired degree of doneness, 10 to 12 minutes for medium, brushing occasionally with reserved marinade. Place on a platter; top with remaining 1/4 cup scallions and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

VAIN Products Used: 

Brown Sugar Vanilla Bourbon Salmon

Cereal Pretzel Nut Mix

Ingredients: 

9 Cups Cereal, such as Chex or Crispix

1 Cup Assorted Nuts

1 Cup Pretzel twists

6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

1/2 tsp. Onion powder

1 tsp. Garlic powder

1 1/2 tsp. Seasoned Salt, such as Lawry’s

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce

2 tsp. VAIN Vanilla Extract, I used Uganda Vanilla Extracted in KY Bourbon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Directions: 

Oven temp: 250 degrees F

 

Line 1 sheet pan with aluminum foil.

 

Step 1:

Combine Cereal, nuts and pretzels in large bowl.

 

Step. 2:

Melt butter over low flame. Turn off heat and add remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.

 

Step 3:

Pour melted butter mixture over cereal. Stir well, making sure cereal is coated.

 

Step 4:

Bake for 1 hour in 250 degree oven. Stir once during baking. Let cool and enjoy!

Cereal Pretzel Nut Mix

Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream

Ingredients: 

1 quart half-and-half
1 pint heavy cream
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp. VAIN Vanilla Extract, I used VAIN Indian Vanilla Extracted in Vodka

Directions: 

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for 45 seconds. Chill a minimum of 2 hours, mine chilled overnight in the fridge.
Before freezing, blend again to incorporate air. Freeze according to manufacturer's instructions of your ice cream maker. Will be somewhat soft, but place in an airtight container to freeze at least overnight before eating.
Base mixture will keep unfrozen for up to one week.

Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream