“ Brand: Supercook / Type: Vanilla „
Being a bit of a cheapskate, I didn't want to spend a fortune on vanilla extract, yet at the same time didn't want a really artificial vanilla flavouring, so Supercook used to be my essence of choice. -Quality- On opening the bottle, the smell is fairly neutral - you won't get a really deep, rich vanilla fragrance, but at the same time it doesn't whiff of something artificial and sickly sweet. A teaspoon added into cake batter or buttercream adds just a hint of flavour, which may be what you are looking for. If you are after a really creamy, rich vanilla taste, you may be better off using vanilla pods or a more expensive essence. -Price- Cheap as chips in the 'real' vanilla essence. This is probably the cheapest quality product you can get, without veering into the artificial or overly sweet category. -Overall- As I said at the beginning, this used to be my essence of choice. When asked to make vanilla cupcakes for a large party, I decided to be a bit more adventurous, and purchased a pricier product. Unfortunately, this other product was so superior in flavour, that I now can't go back to Supercook (and I have a nearly full bottle of the stuff left)! However, if you don't mind a more subtle flavour, or just need the essence for a bit of homebaking, Supercook is the one for you.
I recently decided to try making ice cream and since I love the smell and taste of vanilla I thought it would be an ideal flavouring. I searched everywhere in our town for vanilla pods as I wanted to enjoy that lovely natural fragrance but I couldn't find any. A friend of mine recommended using Supercook Natural Vanilla Extract, saying that it didn't taste, or smell like the horrible artificial essences you can buy and would do the job well. So, off I went to Tesco and bought myself a bottle. I was amazed at the huge range of Supercook products. There are more than 150 different one. (Most of them I have never heard of , let alone used, as I am not a domestic goddess!) The 38ml bottle of vanilla extract cost me £1.29. When I opened it, the aroma was great. It was natural and the thought of it in the ice cream made my mouth water. This extract is made from real vanilla pods, which come originally from orchids. The pods are the fruit of the plant. I noticed on the bottle that this isn't pure vanilla extract. It also contains water, alcohol, colour, caramel and flavouring. This disappointed me a bit, although I could understand why water might be added, I didn't see the need for colouring and caramel. Okay, it makes it look better but it's supposed to be natural. As I made the ice cream I had doubts about the vanilla extract but I needn't have worried. The end result was delicious. What happened to the ice cream? Oh, I ate it all, of course and I have since found other uses for this extract. It's good in sweet rice pudding, added to custard and even to plain yoghurt.
I have recently taken to home cooking in a big way, usually I tend to eat junk food from the freezer and Chinese take away's. Since starting my weight watcher diet, I have been looking very closely at foods and what they contain, and I have come to the conclusion that baking your own is ideal as you can monitor what you are exactly eating. Roughly three weeks into my diet, I decided to make a cheese cake and to my surprise the recipe told me I would need vanilla pods, well I didn't have a clue where to start, so off to Tesco in search of these little vanilla pods. I trailed up and down the herb and spice isle but I could not see them, so I started to look for something I could use in the vanilla pods place. Then suddenly staring right back at me was this super cook natural vanilla extract, I picked it up and rush to the check out to pay the small price of 1.31. The product is made by Supercook, who have become a household name over the past 30 years and they currently produce over 150 different product, flavourings and baking kits. I have since learned that this vanilla flavouring is a must in every sweet baking recipe, it can also be used in some savory cooking dishes. Natural Vanilla comes from the fruit of the orchid flower. SuperCook Natural Vanilla Extract is the real thing made from the extract of fine quality vanilla pods, so I never need to go and hunt for the real pods now, which can be expensive. The product is suitable for vegetarians and contains no artificial colours or preservatives, I know this can be quite hard to believe but it really does give the same results as pure vanilla pods. Ingredients contained in this extract are, Water, Alcohol, Colour, Plain caramel and Flavoring. This handy extract comes in a 38ml bottle, and can be purchased for 1.31p per bottle at any super market. If you are a home made cooking junkie, then this is a must in any cupboard. It is Ideal for flavoring cakes, biscuits, icings, desserts, sauces and certain savory goods.