Question by Bev on 30 March 2016
Why does vanilla essence get added last to recipes, please?
I would really like to know. Interesting.
Vanilla acts sort of like salt. It is not just there to add flavor at the end, but to enhance the flavors around in it.
I suppose if you use the cheap vanilla essence it doesn’t matter. But if using the more delicate vanilla bean or vanilla extract you would not want to hammer the flavour out of it and let the alcohol base all evaporate.
Listen, im not an expert but what iv noticed and researched is that Vanilla is a sensitive ingredient, seems as though someone well before our time figured that that the more beating or cooking or anything done to vanilla breaks down its properties. Each time you stir whisk mix add in other ingredients Vanilla gets stripped off of its intensity and evaporates leaving you with lessof its flavour…To be honest with you id like a scientist to tell us why.