Wednesday, June 15, 2011

DIY Extracts

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!

Almond Extract

Chocolate Extract
Vanilla Extract
Coffee Extract
Lemon Extract


  1. Hola Matt,

    I love this experiment - looking forward to hearing how it goes. I have a lime tree in the yard and think lime extract would be excellent.

    Btw - after a year of looking I finally got my hands on a silicone muffin tin (they just don't have that sort of thing in this part of Mexico - but I got lucky!) and I'm having a blast experimenting and making mini-batches of muffins in the toaster oven. Right now with humidity it's +40C so small ovens are good ovens. :)

  2. Hey Patty, lime extract sounds like a winner!
    Congrats on the purchase. I don't think I would do this blog without a silicon muffin tin. It makes life so much easier!

  3. What a great idea! Can't wait to see how they turned out, I would LOVE some chocolate extract!

  4. I've made vanilla extract before, but nothing else. These look soo good! Can't wait to hear how they turn out.

  5. I am doing extracts as my wedding favors. I have made vanilla but would love to offer coffee, mint, and almond as well!

  6. I see it has nearly been a year since the DIY Extracts post was published but I do not see any follow up and how things turned out. Am I looking in the wrong place or have you yet to update on this?

  7. Here is the info you are looking for:


I love hearing from fellow muffin tin fans, so let me know what is on your mind.