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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Taste-e-e-e-e de-e-e-e-elicious vanilla!

Ah-h-h-h! Taste-e-e-e-e de-e-e-e-elicious vanilla! Each year on May 22, 'Nilla Vanilla hosts celebratory National Vanilla Pudding Day. Then, on June 20, you have a choice to Splish Splash or Shake It Up...maybe both! for National Ice Cream Soda Day and National Vanilla Milkshake Day. Hot Dogs & Ice Cream top the list on July 23 with celebration of National Vanilla Ice Cream Day. Where would you be without vanilla on July 27 when preparing Burnt Cream...a drool worthy dessert on National Crème Brûlée Day? August 6 offers vanilla goodness with Float, Float...but not your boat! as you celebrate National Root Beer Float Day. On August 8, I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for...Frozen Custard? leads you to enjoy National Frozen Custard Day whose custard foundation is flavorful vanilla. And, Let's Split! on August 10 showcases vanilla ice cream as one of the flavors of choice on National Banana Split Day. So, why should you be surprised to see another specific 'vanilla' day?

August 17 is...
 National Vanilla Custard Day
Serve it up with your favorite seasonal fruit! Yum!
Custard vs. Pudding: There is a saying, "If it has eggs it's custard, if it has starch it's pudding." Simple, yes. But all too often there is overlap in simplicity. It is the cream puddings that don't fit the mold since they use a custard base but are thickened with starch. For example, the pastry cream found in an éclair.
Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce Recipe
Vanilla custard is a tasty sweet pudding-like dish made with eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla. It’s enjoyed throughout the world on its own or as a topping for other desserts.
 Vanilla Custard Pie Recipe
Vanilla custard has been around since Medieval Times, and was traditionally used as a pie filling. Now days, vanilla custard is an important component in many dessert recipes including eclairs, trifle, and Boston cream pie.
Easy Vanilla Custard Recipe
Vanilla custard takes only minutes to prepare. Then, it can be chilled until ready to serve. Add fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries as desired. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings for a little added plus.
Remember that pastry cream mentioned earlier?

Pastry Cream (Vanilla Custard Filling) Recipe

 For those who had rather watch a video vs. read the recipe...