Our post on making a malty chocolate drink was extremely popular and the vanilla powder is an important element to get that great Milo taste.
Vanilla powder is made from ground vanilla beans. You have to be careful when buying it from the shops because, on many occasions, sugar has been added so check the label carefully.
Vanilla powder has many wonderful uses in cooking and luckily it’s very easy to make. What we love about this recipe is the no-waste of the vanilla bean.
Making Vanilla Powder
- Turn the oven onto 140°C (130°C fan forced).
- Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Place 3 to 4 vanilla pods onto the tray and bake for 1 hour or until dried out.
- Allow the beans to cool.
- Then using a Thermomix or spice grinder turn the whole dried vanilla bean into a fine powder.
- You don’t have to turn all the beans into powder immediately. You can store the dried vanilla beans in an airtight container until you need them.
Some facts about Vanilla Powder
- When cooking, vanilla powder retains its flavour better than a liquid extract, as there is no alcohol which evaporates and diminishes the flavour.
- Vanilla Powder dissolves easily in baked goods and liquids.
- Also works well in recipes that won’t benefit from more liquid.
- If using ground Vanilla instead of the Vanilla Extract, quarter the amount recommended in the recipe. For example, if the recipe asks for 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract, use a quarter of a teaspoon of Vanilla Powder.
- Vanilla Powder is also delicious as a dusting on many foods, such as Porridge, Custard, Ice Cream, Cakes, etc.
- It’s a great way to use dried Vanilla beans (instead of throwing them out).