Featured Ingredient: Extracts
Intensely flavored extracts can add oomph to cakes, muffins, yogurt, and smoothies. While most people are familiar with ubiquitous vanilla extract, less common versions such as coffee, lemon and almond can really add a little some extra to certain dishes. Try coffee extract in a chocolate cake and it will instantly heighten the chocolate flavor. But good quality extracts which are not fungible with cheap, industrial stuff can be pricey and, depending on the type, hard to come by.
That’s why I’ve decided to try and make my own. At the moment, I have vanilla, chocolate, coffee, lemon, and almond extract on the go. It’s a basic mixture of a solid such as cocoa nibs, vodka and a bit of water. Now all that this is required is patience as I believe it will take 8 weeks for these to be ready for recipes. I won’t provide any recipes for them yet as I want to make sure they work out first. So stay tuned!