Okay, confession time: last year at this time I didn't use real vanilla when I baked. I totally had a giant container of the imitation stuff sitting in my pantry and only used that.
But then I went over to a friend's house to make caramels and she kindly, but firmly, informed me that I needed to switch to the real stuff, pronto. Whatever, I thought. How much different can it actually be?
Well, quite a bit. The imitation stuff works fine but it's like using american cheese vs. gouda.The better the quality of the vanilla, the better tasting your baked goods will be because good vanilla really draws out and enhances the flavors. I've experimented with a couple different vanilla brands and even bought a few vanilla beans. It's been so fun (not to mention yummy)!
A few weeks ago I got the chance to try Nielsen Massey's Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract. This vanilla is super high quality, smells incredible and is making me a very happy baker. This dark vanilla has completely sealed the deal for me to never use the imitation stuff again.
And the best part? One of y'all gets to try it out for free! I'm giving away one bottle of this yummy goodness!
To keep things fun, I thought that instead of having the boring standby of you leaving a comment stating you want to win (who doesn't?), y'all could help me pick what dessert to make with the Nielsen Massey vanilla for my birthday next week.
So leave a comment with your vote. The finalists are:
Martha Stewart's Salted Caramel Chocolate Layer Cake. Except I'd frost it with chocolate ganache or mousse...
NYC's Famous "Crack Pie"...because it's addictive. No drugs involved.
Tiramisu Cupcakes. Oh yum.
Earthquake Cake. Ugly, but sooo good!
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#2 - Share a link to this giveaway, one of my recipes or my Facebook page with friends via either Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or email.
Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm. MST on Monday, February 6th. The winner will be notified and announced here on the 7th.
Disclaimer: Nielsen Massey is sponsoring the giveaway. The only compensation I received was product to review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own. If the giveaway winner does not respond within a week of the giveaway ending, I will choose a new winner.