Make your own vanilla extract - using those vanilla pods that you have used for custard! This extract is far nicer than the synthetic flavourings you can buy in the shops, and a fraction of the cost of shop-bought extract! This makes an excellent gift when packaged up in pretty bottles - and it would make a lovely wedding favor!
Step 1: Ingredients
Brandy or vodka
Step 2: Steep the Vanilla Pods
Pack the pieces of vanilla pod into a small bottle. Fill the bottle with vodka or brandy. Store in a cool dry place for several months.
Step 3: The Finished Extract
Strain off the liquid through paper towels. Now you have your own vanilla extract!