How much of vanilla stick should I use instead of 4 drops of extract?

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  1. netheaton

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    Hello. I want to make a cheese cake. The recipe says I should use 4 drops of vanilla aroma (vanilla aroma = vanilla extract?) but I have one fresh vanilla stick I would like to use instead. However, I don't know how much of it should I use. Do you have any idea?
     
  2. brianshaw

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    Not sure what your recipe is, but 4 drops seems too little. Usually at least 1 to 2 teaspoon for a New York style cheesecake. I’d use 1/2 to 1 vanilla bean.
     
  3. kuan

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    I would say the whole bean. Slice it down the middle lengthwise and scrape the insides. Add that to your filling. You cannot save vanilla bean. Put the spent bean in your sugar bin.
     
  4. netheaton

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    This is a cheese cake with mascarpone and cream. I suppose they want me to add just a touch of vanilla flavor so I focus more on the creme flavor. I'll use 1/2 - 1 vanilla bean. Thank you guys!
     
  5. Mischief

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    1 bean is roughly equivalent to about 1 1/2-2 teaspoons of extract, a little extra won't hurt IMO.
     
  6. drirene

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    Can the spent bean be used to flavor sugar, or do you need the whole bean?
     
  7. brianshaw

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    Spent
     
  8. Iceman

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    Seriously?

    You can't have TOO much vanilla flavor. You could use 17 beans. It's AG. Too little now on the other hand ... that would suck.
     
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