Friday, April 28, 2017

Fresh, Tahitian vanilla-infused picnic snacks

Spring is in the air! Every year, just as the grass starts to green and the afternoon sun beckons us to head to the park, we are reminded of the joy of a day outdoors. And in our opinion there is no better way to spend a warm spring day than lounging on a picnic blanket with a bounty of spring food before us. Here are three easy pack-along snacks that feature our favorite ingredient—you guessed it—Tahitian vanilla!

Fresh strawberries dipped in Tahitian vanilla sugar – Market-fresh strawberries are delicious all by themselves, but why stop there? Dust the succulent berries with homemade Tahitian vanilla sugar and you’ve turned the delicious into decadent. Making your own vanilla sugar is easy!

Strawberries and Tahitian vanilla cream – Scrape the seeds, a.k.a. caviar,  of a vanilla bean into heavy cream and whip it up! Or you could add a pinch of ground Tahitian vanilla bean powder, or a couple drops of vanilla extract or paste into the cream before whipping. Then stir in some strawberries, top with a bit of lemon zest, and grab a box of vanilla wafers. Be sure to keep your strawberry treat cold so your cream doesn’t get too runny!

Tahitian vanilla bean sun tea – Mix up a big batch of tasty Tahitian vanilla-infused sun tea before the last of the fresh lemons are gone. Transport in mason jars stashed in the cooler.

You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen preparing an elaborate sweet treat to please your tastebuds, fresh fruit and easy fixin’s can take center stage, leaving more time to savor the sweet reward of spring. Bon appetít!

Bake With Love. Bake with Vanilla From Tahiti.