I received a bottle of Nielsen Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste. With it I created very vanilla french toast bake with butter pecan topping. All opinions are my own.
In all honesty, I have never before used vanilla bean paste. It’s been a long time since I’ve even used a vanilla bean. I tend to stick with pure vanilla extract, and none of that imitation stuff. So when I was given the chance to work with Nielsen Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste, I jumped at the opportunity. I love making overnight breakfast dishes, including my overnight nutty coffee cake. I had a loaf of french bread I needed to use so this very vanilla french toast bake with butter pecan topping came to life.
A Few Thoughts About Nielsen Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
- It’s thick. Very thick. Just looking at it you may think you should use less than if you were using pure vanilla extract. Not so. You can substitute pure vanilla bean paste for vanilla extract at a 1 to 1 ratio. Meaning if your recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of extract, you would use 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste.
- I would consider this more of a syrup than a paste. The consistency has a bit of a flow whereas I when I think of a paste I think more of a solid rather than liquid.
- The aroma is intoxicating, in a delicious way. There are so many ways to use ingredient. Add it to milkshakes, smoothies, baked good, even your morning coffee.
- Pure vanilla bean paste is not as intimidating to work with as I originally thought. Find out for yourself and enter to win a bottle at the bottom of this post.
My family thoroughly enjoyed this breakfast dish. It would be absolutely perfect for any holiday or when overnight guests come to visit. It’s best made with day old bread and a loaf of French or Cuban bread would is ideal. While dinner cooks, whip up this dish and place in the refrigerator until morning when you are ready to bake. Be sure to let the butter for the topping soften on the counter overnight. If you really wanted to, you could whip up the topping in advance as well but it does need to be softened to spread on top of the bread before baking. Is this the healthiest dish for you? No, not at all, but we all need a little indulgence once in a while.
Shared at Weekend Potluck
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