Monday, October 31, 2011

Neilsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Review and Giveaway...

"Halloween brings images of ghosts and ghouls, but more importantly it provides the perfect opportunity to satisfy sweet-tooth cravings. Individually wrapped, store-bought candies have always been a staple for kids at Halloween parties, but what about the adults?

Nielsen Massey Vanillas’ Vanilla Cinnamon Apples add an element of sophistication to this year’s festivities and are sure to have guests lining up for seconds. The recipe, found below, combines the savory flavor of Nielsen-Massey’s Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste with the delicious tart taste of fall apples to create a treat that is overflowing with gooey goodness. (Just don’t forget the napkins.)

Vanilla Cinnamon Apples
Serves 4
4 baking apples
3 tbsp. butter
¾ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp. Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. allspice
1 tbsp. brandy
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup walnuts
Pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat the bottom of a shallow baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each apple so it will stand upright. Scoop out the core of each apple from the top down with the small end of a melon ball cutter, making sure not to core all the way through the apple.

Combine the butter, brown sugar and vanilla paste in a medium saucepan and cook over low heat until the butter is melted, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and stir in the cinnamon, allspice, brandy, raisins, walnuts and salt. Fill the apples with equal amounts of the filling using a teaspoon. Place the apples in the prepared baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until caramelized and fork tender."

What we thought:  Mmmm...this vanilla was fabulous!  We have baked several treats with this vanilla including cookies and spiced apples and YUMMO!  What a great addition:)  The recipe for the apples above is absolutely mouth-watering and would be a great treat this fall.  Neilsen-Massey has an extensive line of ingredients to really round out your pantry for all your fall baking needs:)  ABCD Diaries gives Neilsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla an A+!

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Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given vanilla for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.


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