How to split a vanilla pod

How to split a vanilla pod

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Vanilla pods (or beans) are one of my favourite smells and I love it when you can see flecks of the dark seeds in a cake or dessert. You can use the seeds to flavour whipped cream, buttercream, curds and cake batters or even use the empty pod for punchy flavouring once the seeds have been removed.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
a vanilla pod

Method

  1. To deseed a vanilla pod, score down the length with a sharp knife then scrape the seeds from the inside by running your knife along the surface.
  2. Collect the scraped seeds on the end of your knife and use to flavour creams and batters. Keep the empty vanilla pods to flavour sugar by placing them together in a sealed jar. Or leave it to dry out and grind up into a powder to add to your baking.
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