There are so many reasons to love this time of year: crisp, clean weather, vibrant fall leaves, roaring fireplaces and BAKING! Now is our favorite time here at Peas HQ to reinvent classic holiday desserts by making them healthier and more cost effective. On this week’s Peas Perspective, we’re sharing some simple recipes to make homemade baking essentials. Making vanilla extract, baking powder, brown sugar and vanilla sugar at home will not only save you money but it is a great way to ensure that all your baking products are natural and free of any additives.
(In order to have your vanilla extract ready for holiday baking we recommend you start this project ASAP.)
- 1 bottle small bottle of vodka (750 ml)
- 15 vanilla beans (cost effective hint: the best place to get inexpensive vanilla beans is at an Indian Grocery store)
Cut the vanilla beans length wise and gently open the pod. Fill vodka bottle with all of the beans. Shake and store in a cool, dry place until your holiday baking party. For best results shake once a week.
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cream of tarter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp Molasses
Measure one cup of granulated sugar and one tablespoon of molasses into a mixing bowl.
Simply place to vanilla beans (cut length wise and opened) in the container you store your granulated sugar in (sugar bowl, the bag the sugar came in or a sugar canister). Let beans sit for as long as you have sugar. This makes for delicious baked goods as well as for your morning cup of joe!