Whenever I see someone using a vanilla bean, I imagine myself doing so but it just remained in my imagination until I saw a pack of vanilla beans at Nilgiris in Coimbatore. I had only three and was priced at 135 INR. It was so costly but I bought it just to know how flavourful it is. Yesterday I used it in a sauce and my house was filled with the wonderful aroma of vanilla. I just loved it. And here is a small post on how to use infuse it in sauce or any bakes.
It looks like a dry twig but do not hesitate. It contains a flavourful paste in it. I have scraped out the paste and discarded the bean, but you can also add it in the milk, let it boil and then discard it once done.
Soak the vanilla bean in milk for 30 minutes.
Hold one end and cut the bean into half. I couldn't take a snap of cutting as my both hands were busy.
With the knife flatten the cut bean. You can see the dark vanilla paste inside.
Scrape it with the tip of the knife.
Collect the paste.
Add it to the milk. Now you can add this milk in your sauce or any other bake..