This recipe showed up in my Google Reader in the summer, and I knew it was something I wanted to give as gifts to a few special bakers in my life (and keep a little for myself). This is one gift you will need to prepare in advance as the extract takes a couple of months to age.
I bought the vanilla beans from Amazon and used Mason jars for my presentation. You could definitely use smaller jars to make them into smaller gifts. For this size jar, I used 5 split vanilla beans (don’t scrape them!) and about 2 cups vodka. Then, you just place the jars in a cool, dark place and every couple of weeks, shake each jar to mix it up. The extract is ready to be used in a couple of months.
The vanilla beans can be used again when you need to top off the vodka or you can add more beans as needed. Short and simple! I have started using this vanilla extract and it is great.
From Beantown Baker