Vanilla - Truly fine vanilla is at once rich, sweet and sophisticated, possessing a euphoric flavor and fragrance that sends pure joy to the pleasure centers of the brain. Vanilla is warm. It's complex. It can have a bit of spice. Or flowery notes. It is the most popular flavor in the world. And to the vanilla lovers at Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, it is our ultimate passion.
But I decided the other day to do something totally different, so we could actually savour something so upmarket and delicate. I had some rhubarb which I cooked up using agave syrup to sweeten it to keep it diabetic friendly.
Next I brought a pint of coconut milk drink to the boil, added two dessert spoons of coconut sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste and removed it from the heat. Stirred in a sachet of gelatine and left to cool and set overnight.
Next day I put some of the cooked and cooled rhubarb into a glass,( not seen my sundae dishes since I moved house, may well be in the loft) then added some cold chopped up vanilla bean custard, then added another 2 layers to the top.
Makes for a nice easy to eat dessert in this warm weather.
Disclaimer - the vanilla bean paste was sent to me but the recipe idea is all my own.