SIMPLE SITE, SIMPLE RECIPES

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SIMPLE HOMEMADE VANILLA EXTRACT

HOW TO MAKE 4 KINDS OF VANILLA EXTRACT

You will need:

2-3 vanilla beans for each bottle
Bourbon, rum, brandy or vodka liquor (purchase in glass bottles only--plastic can leach into the liquor and will also allow the alcohol content and taste to lessen in a short time)
Bottles with tight fitting lids (The ones shown in the picture are my favorites.  These can be found online, TJ Maxx, thrift stores, etc.  A pint-sized, Ball-type jar will work.)
Labels to mark type of vanilla extract and date prepared.
Sharp paring knife, kitchen scissors and funnel

1.  Slice beans lengthwise with a sharp knife.  With scissors, cut bean into one-inch pieces over the jar or bottle opening.  Use of a funnel might make this a little easier.  The less handling of the bean, the better.

2.  Add your choice of liquor.  Place lid.  Label bottle.  Gently shake bottle.

3.  Store in a cool, dark place for 3 to 6 months.  Shake bottle periodically during that time.

This homemade extract is sooo much better than store bought which many times has added water and sugar.  Make several bottles, but be sure to label each one.  When a recipe calls for a teaspoon of vanilla, I generally add a TABLESPOON. 

SIMPLE WHITE CHOCOLATE RUM LATTE

This is delicious.  You will get terribly spoiled.  It will be difficult to sip it. 

DIY WHITE CHOCOLATE RUM LATTE

You will need:

Sunspire White Chocolate chips (the sugar in these is Sucanat) - 1 rounded Tbls per cup
Organic half & half and/or heavy cream slightly heated - 1/4 cup per cup
1 Tbls homemade rum vanilla extract per cup (if using store bought, use to taste)
Brewed coffee, stronger than regular, hot, amount as needed per cup
Whipped cream for topping
Nice cups or mugs for serving

In your cup or mug, add chips, vanilla and half & half/cream.
Pour in the coffee, stir to mix all ingredients and add topping.

Be sure to serve this with a spoon as some of the chips might gather at the bottom.  I called this buried treasure!  A variation of this would be using Sunspire 42% or 65% cacao chocolate chips and a different vanilla flavoring. 

The amount of ingredients listed above is to taste or preference.