Summertime Pavlova Party

We love the lush elegance of a pavlova all year long, but this airy dessert is the perfect thing for summertime! The light, meringue-based treat is a lovely base for summer flavors. Another bonus of pavlovas are that they are naturally gluten-free – that means everyone can have a taste without worrying, and it’s not a “tough sell” on picky eaters.

We have three favorite pavlova recipes to share with you that work well with summer produce, and are easy to whip up for a weekend dessert, but fancy enough to serve at a bridal or baby shower!

  1. Cocoa Pavlova with Vanilla Cherries

This pavlova is airy and light but feels decadent and indulgent. The vanilla cherries are lush and flavorful. If you are lucky enough to have sour cherries growing in your area, you can use them and increase the sugar. We love how this recipe marries the flavors of our Gourmet Baking Cocoa and the juicy cherry, vanilla notes in the topping!

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  1. Drunken Cherry Pavlova

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Another cherry pavlova, but this one comes together with a splash of white rum to kick things up a notch! The Rodelle Vanilla Beans make the meringue and filling shine, and your family and friends will love the specks of vanilla bean that add delicious character to this dessert.

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  1. Lemon Curd & Strawberry Pavlova

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This beauty pairs a homemade lemon curd with sweet, summer strawberries. We love the slightly tart filling with the vanilla meringue, and the strawberries make the dessert taste like a summer dream!

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Beat the Summer Heat!

With the 4th of July in our rear view mirrors, the dog days of summer are here! We are using the rest of summer to bask in the Colorado sunshine and trying to appreciate the heat before the seasons inevitably change. We have a few recipes that are helping us appreciate the heat (deal with the heat) and hope you’ll check them out! From vegan ice creams to a couple of bonus recipes, we have something for everyone here!

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  1. Vegan Coconut Black Sesame Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl

This beauty of an ice cream pairs black sesame and strawberries. The unlikely pairing is perfectly coupled with the vegan coconut ice cream base. Our friend Sarah at Snixy Kitchen made this recipe no-churn, so it doesn’t require any special equipment to make at home!

Get the recipe for Vegan Coconut Black Sesame Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl

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  1. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

This decadent ice cream recipe takes 1 hour to prepare, then freezes over night and voila, you have a recipe that’s perfect for this festive time of year! Everyone will be screaming for seconds of this tasty treat!

Make Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

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  1. Honey & Lemon Thyme Ricotta Ice Cream

Fresh whole milk ricotta blended into a rich and creamy egg-free ice cream – served up with vanilla peaches. We love this as a use for all of the bruised peaches you might have picked up for a deal at the Farmer’s Market!

Make Honey & Lemon Thyme Ricotta Ice Cream!

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  1. Blueberry White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream

The white chocolate chips dancing in this ice cream are the perfect complement to fresh blueberries and raspberries pureed and swirled throughout!

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  1. Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches

This is the perfect way to eat vanilla bean ice cream- between two homemade chocolatey cookies! Our Vanilla bean ice cream sandwich is the something the whole family will love…and, for a new twist, try the ice cream sandwiched between Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers!

Make Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches!

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  1. Blueberry Rhubarb Pie Ice Cream Parfaits

Bonus recipe! Our friend Traci at Vanilla and Bean stunned us with her Ice Cream Parfaits and we had to share them! She describes the recipe: “All the deliciousness of pie, deconstructed in an ice cream parfait – super simple to prep ahead and assemble later. Blueberry-Rhubarb Pie Ice Cream Parfaits are fun for summer holidays and anytime ice cream is called for with vegan options included!” … we can’t help ourselves around them! Get the recipe!

4 recipes for the Fourth of July!

Firecrackers and sparklers make the 4th of July extra sparkly, but delicious recipes are what we really look forward to! Here are 4 of our favorite recipes for the 4th of July that you can make ahead of time. Take a little extra time this week and weekend, and have all of Independence Day off to enjoy the summer weather and take in the fireworks show!

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  1. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie a la Mode Popsicles

Nothing says summer fun more than a decadent popsicle. These beauties feature a strawberry rhubarb compote, a vanilla cream layer and a healthy sprinkle of homemade (gluten-free) pie crust topping. We love that you can make all of the ingredients ahead of time, and when you are ready to serve, sprinkle with the pie crust topping and everyone will think you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen!

Make Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Popsicles

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  1. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

When you say 4th of July- we say ICE CREAM! This decadent ice cream recipe takes 1 hour to prepare, then freezes over night and voila, you have a recipe that’s perfect for this festive time of year! Everyone will be screaming for seconds of this tasty treat!

Make Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

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  1. Naked Vanilla Berry Ice Cream Cake

A naked cake featuring 2 layers of vanilla bean cake and a layer of homemade vanilla bean berry ice cream…summer’s perfect cake! This dreamy cake was whipped up for Rodelle by Beth at The First Year. This recipe is a two day project – but it’s not overly time intensive. Make and bake the cake and allow it to cool completely. Make the ice cream and assemble the cake, then allow it to freeze overnight. The next day add the thin layer of cool whip, decorate the top of the cake, and freeze it until ready to serve! Trust us…it’s worth it!

Make a Naked Vanilla Berry Ice Cream Cake

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  1. Strawberry Pie

A delicious, traditional strawberry filling complimented by a vanilla graham cracker crust. We love the easy assembly of this pie, and the all-natural ingredients that go so well together! We definitely recommend serving this pie with homemade whipped cream!

Make this Strawberry Pie!

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BONUS: Banana Split Ice Cream Cake

This show-stopper summer dessert is definitely our favorite ice cream cake yet. All of your favorite banana split flavors in one impressive dessert! Pineapple ice cream, chocolate cookie crumble, roasted banana ice cream, strawberry ice cream and homemade whipped cream icing….you have to try this one!

Make a Banana Split Ice Cream Cake!

 

 

Vanilla Market Update – May/June 2018

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The Vanilla Market is currently closed as suppliers wait until 2018 season officially opens in July. The opening date of the vanilla market for the past several years has coincided with Madagascar’s Independence Day (June 26th), but this year the vanilla market will open two weeks later on July 15th. The decision to delay the market opening stems from a conscious effort to increase vanilla quality in Madagascar and is predicted to have a positive effect.

Exports for this coming harvest will not start until October, and will not start arriving into the US until later in the 4th quarter. Current bean prices remain at all-time highs because the vast majority of 2017 crops were low quality due to premature picking. This took place because farmers were afraid of theft, and wanted to sell them as quickly as possible. We will have more information on bean quality of the 2018 crops after the market opens in July.

Other regions Uganda, Indonesia and India are still slow to come on board to increase inventories, but they are planting more vines and these beans will be available in the next few years. Once there is a greater supply of vanilla beans available, prices will drop. We continue to build our farmer networks in Madagascar and Uganda, and due to our vertical integration we remain very competitive on pricing within the industry.

Our farmer-owned association of vanilla farmers in Madagascar, Sahanala, is working hard to build trust to encourage vanilla farmers to improve their farming practices and increase output and quality from their vines. Sahanala has employed initiatives like dedicated health programs, a pension fund and rice bank donations to improve the daily lives of vanilla farmers and their families. With the associations’ fair market price and profit sharing, farmers have a greater incentive to register and participate in traceability programs. Rodelle can trace our vanilla back to the specific association and farmers who grew those vanilla beans. With this partnership, Rodelle has eliminated unnecessary links in our vanilla supply chain to provide a better product to our customers. Learn more about Rodelle’s supply chain and partnerships that are helping to shape the vanilla market of the future with our video here:

If you have questions about Rodelle’s vanilla products, feel free to reach out via email at <contact at rodelleinc dot com>!

 

Introducing Diane!

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Diane is a certified pro at canning – her blog, Canning and Cooking at Home, inspires countless home cooks to expand their techniques at home and practice safe canning techniques. Beyond her passion for canning, you’ll also find that Diane is an excellent baker and cook – we love the Colorado-inspired recipes that can be made anywhere.

Diane is our newest Rodelle Brand Ambassador and has been whipping up some amazing treats!

Decadent Chocolate Scones: Decadent Chocolate Scones are the perfect compliment to your day.  You’ll love the rich taste that this chocolate scone offers,  mixed with its light and airy traditional scone texture. This scone pairs perfectly with your morning coffee without leaving you feeling ‘overstuffed’ or ‘weighed down.’ Diane packed the best flavors into these beautiful pastries: Rodelle Vanilla, Rodelle Chocolate Extract and Rodelle Baking Cocoa.

Luscious Vanilla Bean and Lemon Curd Cheesecake: Diane took her cheesecake to the next level with this recipe. Combining lemon curd with a great tasting homemade cheesecake infused with one of the best vanilla pastes – it’s a winning combination!

Easy Vanilla Bean Custard: Do you want something more along the lines of a custard but, don’t have the time for making my traditional Pot de Creme?  Try my easier “stove-top” version.  This is a wonderful treat and even better when served with fresh fruit.

Check out Canning and Cooking at Home for your canning inspiration and stay for more delicious recipes!