Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Gift Giving Guide–Great Gift Idea for Cooks/Bakers–Nielsen-Massey’s Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste (Product Review and Giveaway)

Closed.  And, the winner is: Debbi


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It's pure vanilla with natural vanilla bean seeds in a unique, convenient, paste form that adds a gourmet appearance to any recipe. 

My Thoughts:
This past Thanksgiving I couldn’t wait to try out this bean paste in a recipe I pulled from the Nielsen-Massey website for Vanilla Cinnamon Apples.  The picture alone made my mouth water.  So, I couldn’t wait to try this dessert firsthand.  And, what better occasion than Thanksgiving to serve this sweet dish.  The recipe was easy to follow and didn’t take long to get the apples in the oven to bake.  And, I have to say, the final product was so good – I wish I had baked extras.  But, then again, this will give me another excuse for “me-time” in the kitchen one of these weekend. Smile
Here is the recipe if you are curious:
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4 baking apples
3 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoons allspice
1 tablespoon brandy
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts
Pinch of salt
Preheat the oven o 350 degrees. Lightly coat the bottom of a shallow baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each apple so it will stand upright. Scoop out the core of each apple from the top down with the small end of a melon ball cutter, making sure not to core all the way through the apple.
Combine the butter, brown sugar and vanilla paste in a medium saucepan and cook over low heat until the butter is melted, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and stir in the cinnamon, allspice, brandy, raisins, walnuts and salt. Fill the apples with equal amounts of the filling using a teaspoon. Place the apples in the prepared baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until caramelized and fork tender.
Serves 4
 
Combine Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste with honey for a tasty, sweet spread or toss with strawberries and serve with whipped cream.
 
Ahh, I just did the above this evening as a quick dessert for my husband and I.  I ended up adding blueberries to the strawberries for a sweeter treat.  Again, so easy to whip up, and it was gone in a flash.
After using this paste in 2 recipes, I have to say, I love the quality of this product, compared to other vanilla extracts (pure and imitation).  The flavor profile of this product is top-notch and really stands out.  I don’t think I can go back to the store-bought Vanilla Extracts after having tried this.  And, with the conversion of --1 teaspoon of vanilla paste equals 1 teaspoon vanilla extract-- it is so easy to use in place of the pure or imitation versions.  If you are going to spend the time in the kitchen baking with vanilla, then you really should try the Madagascar Bourbon Pure Bean Paste .  You will definitely see and taste the difference by using this wonderful product.
 
--BUY NOW--
Head on over to the Nielsen-Massey website to view more information about this and other great products offered for your baking/cooking needs, as well as a list of retailers who carry the Nielsen-Massey product line.

--GIVEAWAY--
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Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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