Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Rodelle Vanilla Beans

There are few smells as divine as vanilla, nothing compares to the rich aroma.  When I was presented with the opportunity to review Rodelle's Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans I was beyond delighted!

When I received the beans, delicately wrapped in beautiful golden paper, I found that they were enclosed in a glass tube, protecting them from the elements.  I felt like I had received a gift!  It took me a while to decide what I wanted to make, what would really showcase the wonderful vanilla flavor.  ICE CREAM!

Rodelle has been making high quality vanilla products since 1936, so they know what they're doing! Before I could begin, I had to do a little research on how to accurately extract the beans from the pod.  Naturally, they had a video for my learning pleasure, not sure that I've mastered it quite yet, but I'm working on it!

Here's a simple and easy recipe for billowy, soft, vanilla bean ice cream:

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

1 cup of brown sugar
2 beaten eggs
1 cup of half and half
3/4 cups of heavy cream
Seeds from a whole vanilla bean pod

In a medium sauce pan mix together sugar, eggs, and half and half.  Simmer for two minutes or more.  Remove from heat.

Strain the mixture to get any clumps out.  Pour into a bowl.  Mix in heavy cream and the vanilla beans.

Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the machine's instructions. 

When the ice cream is done, it should have a smooth, creamy consistency, and a taste that could only have been created in heaven!

You can buy Rodelle products in the store or direct from their website. Follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook for cool recipe ideas.

Take the Rodelle Challenge! 

From October 1st through December 25th, Rodelle is challenging bakers from far and wide to share their baking moments on Rodelle's Facebook page.  Three grand prize winners will receive a KitchenAid® mixer and a years supply of Rodelle baking products. Three runner-ups will receive a years supply of Rodelle baking products as well.  The winners will be announced on New Years Day 2012. Get creative and show Rodelle what you can do!

I was provided with a free sample Rodelle Vanilla Beans.  I was not required to write a positive review. The views expressed are the opinion of Just Say I Told You So!


  1. Stacey,
    I wouldn't have even wanted to open that beautiful vanilla bean pkg! My hubby & son love to make ice cream so I printed out your recipe. I'm going to ask THEM to make it. You have a great site here!
    Stopping by from voiceBoks!

  2. Awesome! I've never used a real vanilla bean before -- I'm the kind that gets the vanilla in a teeny, tiny jar. :-) But, you make it look so easy, I'm going to have to check it out! Thanks!

    Stopping by from VB today. Hope it is a wonderful day!!

  3. Oh yum!!! I LOVE Madagascar Vanilla (although I usually buy the extract... I've never quite been brave enough to tackle the whole bean!), and I also have an ice cream maker that I LOVE!!! I've been looking for the ideal ice cream recipe for a while--last summer I was on this "low-fat" kick, and I kept trying to make "light" ice cream, but it just never had the right texture (I mean, really, what is fat-free heavy cream really made of anyway? LOL)

    So this time around I'm going full-tilt. I'm going to try it with the eggs (another ingredient I shied away from using for fear they'd scramble in the pot), and with the high-fat stuff, and I'm sure it will be GLORIOUS. Thanks for sharing!

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    Smiles, Jenn

  4. I cannot wait to try this! It sounds heavenly!

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  5. I just love this post! I'm an avid vanilla bean user and adore the flavor of the fresh bean and the texture of the little seeds. I even use the pods after I remove the seeds to flavor liquids for baking etc. Thank you for sharing the "how to's" of vanilla beans and spreading the word about this wonderful little flavor maker!

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  6. I've always been scared of real vanilla beans, sure I'd mess it up. I'll have to try though!

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  7. That looks sooo yummy!! Thanks fo rsharing :)
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    Thanks so much! have a great day!

  8. Oh sounds so yummy! Great review! (new follower)

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  11. Mmm! Looks tasty!

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  12. Ohhhh now you have me craving this! I bet this was amazing.. might have to try it one day!

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