Pure Vanilla Cookbook Giveaway

I recently received a copy of Shauna Server’s second book, Pure Vanilla: Irresistible Recipes and Essential Techniques

Pure Vanilla celebrates vanilla in all its glory with a stunning array of recipes from cakes and cookies to custards and creams.

Even with a history as rich as its naturally dreamy, creamy flavor, vanilla is often overlooked, misunderstood, and generally taken for granted. Hundreds of cookbooks wax poetic about chocolate, while vanilla sits by the sidelines, but Shauna gave this not-so-plain flavor its due. Pure Vanilla celebrates this heavenly, ambrosial spice and all the amazing complex flavors it has to offer.

The book contains 80 Recipes and dozens of photographs for vanilla-based treats and techniques, including:

Glazed Vanilla Bean Doughnuts

Vanilla Cloud Cake

Vanilla Bean Meringue Kisses

Sea Salt Caramels

Warm Vanilla Rice Pudding

Malted White Hot Chocolate

Golden Pear Vanilla Jam

Vanilla Ice Cream

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Sugar

Vanilla-Infused Liquors

A complete history of vanilla from orchid to extract

The origins and tasting notes for all of today’s varieties of vanilla

Step aside, chocolate – It’s time for Pure Vanilla

Some of my favorite vanilla-based recipes include:

I also reviewed Shauna’s first book Marshmallow Madness!: Dozens of Puffalicious Recipes in this post, and provided some of my favorite marshmallow-based recipes. I love her subjects matters: marshmallows and vanilla. Can’t go wrong with either.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes using vanilla:

Pumpkin Cinnamon Overnight Pull-Apart French Toast with Vanilla Maple Butter – Vanilla is used both in the marinade of this effortless, easy, overnight monkey-bread meets French toast, as well as in the maple-butter syrup. Great for brunches and holiday get togethers

Banana Bread Brownies with Vanilla Caramel Glaze – I used vanilla twice in these brownies-meets-banana-bread, which are extra fudgy, moist, rich and now I don’t have to choose between making brownies or banana bread

White Chocolate Vanilla Marshmallow Cake Bars – These are some of my favorite bars I’ve ever made. There are four layers including cake, peanut butter, sweetened condensed milk, white chocolate; and vanilla is used in three of the layers

Spiced Apple and Banana Bundt Cake with Vanilla Caramel Glaze – A fast and easy whisk-together cake with the most divine vanilla-infused homemade caramel glaze and is my absolute favorite frosting

Cinnamon Oatmeal Date Bars with Chocolate Chunks (no-bake, vegan, gluten-free) – Like eating a bowl of cinnamon oatmeal, that’s been spiked with vanilla, and topped with chocolate two ways, but in bar form. No refined sugar added and take mere minutes to no-bake right up

Homemade Vanilla Extract – Ridiculously easy, effortless, and saves money. Rich, smooth, and you’ll never want storebought vanilla again

And I’m having a Vanilla Bean Sampler Pack and Glass Jar Giveaway to get started making your own

Three lucky readers will win a copy of Pure Vanilla. Comment below to enter the giveaway. Leave a separate comment for each entry:

1. What’s one of your favorite recipes using vanilla or favorite ways to use vanilla? (recipe links encouraged)

2. For a second entry, Twitter Follow @AverieCooks and and then tweet the following:

Win the new Pure Vanilla Cookbook from @shaunasever in the @AverieCooks Giveaway http://tinyurl.com/bcbj798

3. For extra entries and you must leave a separate comment for each (please don’t do these ‘just’ for the giveaway and then unsubscribe or unfollow immediately):

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Contest ends Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and winners will be chosen randomly. Open to continental U.S. residents only.

Remember to also enter the Vanilla Bean Sampler Pack and Glass Jar Giveaway

269 comments on “Pure Vanilla Cookbook Giveaway”

  1. Have re-pinned you :)…..

  2. stalking you on FB…..

  3. signed up for you e-mail updates…

  4. and… following Shauna on FB…

  5. I’m following you and I’ve repinned your ccc.

  6. I love Mexican vanilla. I use it in everything, especially baking cookies!

  7. I love vanilla and I’m glad to see it getting some respect.

  8. Hey Averie, I’m back again to tell you, once again that I’m just like you in the fact I can’t get enough VANILLA!!!!! I LOVE it ! even more than chocolate! The people that think vanilla is boring, (in my opinion) just haven’t had the right vanilla products or recipes!! That’s just me though! any way I follow you every where I can and I would absolutely love to win this booK!! Thanks again for this chance to win, as well as the vanilla giveaway package!

  9. My favorite way to use vanilla is in smoothies.

  10. I use vanilla in many recipes, but especially homemade ice creams, and smoothies.

  11. I love Vanilla Bean Cheesecake!!

  12. I subscribe via email.

  13. I hope I’m not too late for this! Awesome giveaway! I love vanilla in my french toast…. ahhh.. with real maple syrup, its heaven :)

  14. Fave vanilla use: Whipped cream married with powdered sugar on top of and in the middle of vanilla cake with fresh strawberry slices.

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