Vanilla recipes

Vanilla is the fruit of an orchid plant (and no, it’s not one of your five a day). It’s extremely pernickety to grow, which adds to its expense whether you buy it as pods, extract or essence. Happily, a little goes a long way.

It’s also incredibly hard to describe the flavour, without saying it’s vanilla-y or chocolate-y! Either way, make the most of it in these creamy, scent-laden recipes, which include drinks, pannacottas and cakes.

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Manon Lagrève’s mini canelés

Patisserie recipes

Manon Lagrève’s mini canelés

If you’re going to make canelés, those chewy custardy treats found in French coffee shops, you may as well learn...

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Vanilla buttercream

Bank holiday recipes

Vanilla buttercream

Classic vanilla buttercream is a baking staple for covering cakes. Use it as your base and adapt to suit your...

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Vanilla slice

Patisserie recipes

Vanilla slice

The hero of many a high street bakery, the vanilla slice is a glorious thing. Like a cross between a...

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Coffee, hazelnut and vanilla tequila

Coffee recipes

Coffee, hazelnut and vanilla tequila

If you were ever a fan of the coffee-flavoured tequila Café Patrón XO (now discontinued), this infused tequilla is a...

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Vanilla freezer cookie dough

Make-ahead dessert recipes

Vanilla freezer cookie dough

Vanilla freezer cookie dough is perfect when you need something sweet in under 15 minutes. Keep the dough log in...

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Plum and vanilla jam

September seasonal recipes

Plum and vanilla jam

This speedy plum jam with hints of vanilla and cinnamon uses a clever time-saving trick in the cooking process. Delicious,...

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Lemon verbena and vanilla cordial

Non-alcoholic drink recipes

Lemon verbena and vanilla cordial

This homemade cordial for grown-ups uses herbs, lemon verbena, lemon juice and edible flowers to create a sophisticated cooler for...

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Proper homemade custard

Best of British recipes

Proper homemade custard

This easy recipe for homemade vanilla custard is the perfect finishing touch: pour it over apple pie, steamed pudding, or...

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Vanilla and chocolate shortbread pinwheels

Biscuit recipes

Vanilla and chocolate shortbread pinwheels

These gorgeous vanilla and chocolate shortbread pinwheel biscuits have that extra bit of wow-factor and aren’t as tricky to make...

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Vanilla fudge

Christmas baking recipes

Vanilla fudge

Sometimes it’s lovely to make your own Christmas presents. Why not give our easy vanilla fudge recipe a go? It...

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Vanilla tart with poached apricots

Apricot recipes

Vanilla tart with poached apricots

The filling for this vanilla tart recipe is made with little more than cream, eggs and fresh vanilla. It’s super...

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Strawberry and vanilla baked cheesecake

Strawberry recipes

Strawberry and vanilla baked cheesecake

Strawberries are the hero in this beautiful baked cheesecake recipe. You can make the recipe the day before serving, making...

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Granny Brett’s warm vanilla rice pudding with golden syrup

Retro puddings

Granny Brett’s warm vanilla rice pudding with golden syrup

Roy Brett’s creamy vanilla rice pudding is inspired by the version his Granny used to make when he was young....

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Katrya’s baba with vanilla and lovage syrup

Vanilla recipes

Katrya’s baba with vanilla and lovage syrup

Olia Hercules’ baba is soaked in a vanilla and lovage infused vodka syrup for a wonderfully sweet and boozy kick...

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Îles flottantes with marsala and roasted rhubarb

Rhubarb recipes

Îles flottantes with marsala and roasted rhubarb

This traditional French recipe consists of smooth vanilla custard topped with fluffy ‘floating islands’ of meringue, baked rhubarb and crumbled...

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Pecan and cinnamon streusel coffee cake

Coffee recipes

Pecan and cinnamon streusel coffee cake

This American classic is meant to be served with coffee. Debbie Major’s version is a butter-rich vanilla cake with cinnamon...

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