Fall Baking with Rodelle!

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In the Fall, we love to come back to our kitchens and get baking! With kiddo’s potlucks, Halloween parties, and weekends filled with football + tailgating, this is the perfect time to sharpen your skills before serious holiday baking! We’ve got plenty of easy fall recipes to tempt your taste buds and help you ease back into the kitchen. One of the easiest ways to get back to the kitchen routine is with a tried-and-true no bake recipe. We recommend our: Oreo Truffles – all decorated for Halloween, Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Sauce, and Vanilla Bean Candied Apples to name a few.

One of our favorite things about baking in the fall is all of the gorgeous, seasonal produce. From prime-time apples, to juicy pears, and (finally) pumpkin and other hearty squashes, there’s nothing like experimenting with a new recipe and new fruit or veggie. Trust us, the amount of flavor and hearty comfort that can be found in combining great ingredients with just the right piece of produce is unparalleled. Here are some of our favorite recipes showcasing the best fall flavors:

Pumpkin Pop Tarts with Vanilla Bean Glaze: An incredible recipe flavored with all-natural ingredients. Sure to be a fan-favorite.

Vanilla Bean Apple Bread Pudding: Simple and sure to please! This semi-homemade recipe comes together quick and the fresh apple flavor really shines.

Gluten-Free Almond Oat Pear Cake: A light, gluten-free cake packed with almond and vanilla flavor – topped off with delicious poached pears and an almond chantilly!

Vanilla Dutch Apple Pie: Nothing gets more American than this – gooey apple filling baked into a crumbly vanilla crust. Perfect for any occasion!

We would love to hear what your favorite recipes for fall are! In the meantime, check out our seasonal baking products! Vanilla beans and whole cinnamon sticks are great additions to your pantry for fall baking! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Rodelle items for the season to help you entertain, whip up something fabulous and maximize the flavor in your life.

Wassail mulling spice
Gourmet turkey brine
Whole cinnamon sticks
Pumpkin Spice Extract

Flavor matters! We promise you will love the premium quality of Rodelle’s special fall product line.

 

 

Rodelle Baker’s Extract

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With the price of vanilla likely to get much higher before it gets lower, the market has responded in some interesting ways. Many retailers and food manufacturers will have no other option than turn to an imitation vanilla or another alternative to flavor their products and meet consumer demand. Imitation vanilla is very common, and was the number one alternative to pure vanilla extract 13 years ago when a tropical storm destroyed half the vanilla crop. Unlike its natural counterpart, imitation vanilla is easily derived from multiple resources – including petroleum and clove oil. Imitation vanilla extract will give you the initial hints of vanilla flavor that you are used to, but it won’t have the robust, intricate, well-rounded flavor that is really needed to make simple recipes (like french toast, ice cream, and vanilla cookies) shine. Furthermore, since more and more consumers are active label-readers, imitation vanilla has fallen out of favor.

We’ve seen a number of factors at play in the vanilla market and we summarized our initial thoughts and plans for the 2017 vanilla market in this report. Then, in early March, we heard about Tropical Cyclone Enawo. It became clear that Enawo would definitely make land fall on Madagascar in early March and we made the necessary precautions to make sure our team on the ground was safe and bracing for the storm. We have summarized all of the effects of Enawo and the state of the vanilla market on our website. As we help with the humanitarian efforts on clean up and recovery, we’re also looking into what we can do to help weather the ongoing, worsening storm of price increases that are impending.

With Rodelle’s high commitment to quality and natural products, we’re introducing a couple of vanilla extract alternatives that we are proud of, and confident in. We created this natural “Baker’s Extract” with pure vanilla extract as a lower cost option for shoppers during this turbulent time in the vanilla market. It can be used 1:1 in recipes where you would normally use vanilla extract. We like it because it has a smooth, natural flavor with hints of vanilla and chocolate. This extract is currently available at H-E-B stores in Texas and we’re hoping to get it on our Amazon store soon. If you’re interested in buying online, H-E-B ships to most states through their website. We will continue to share new vanilla alternatives on our website and our blog, and we always love to hear from our readers. Send us your questions to contact@rodelleinc.com.

4th of July is Upon Us!

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Tis the season for summer to fly by, lazy days of pool time and unlimited opportunities to grill and get out side. We’re slowing things down this 4th of July weekend – enjoying homemade treats with family and friends and generally attempting to relax as much as possible. That being said, we hope that whatever you’re planning for the 4th of July is fun, safe and memorable! To help make your menus the most memorable they can be, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite recipes – they are sure to make an impact!

Desserts:

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream: We’ve combined the best of both worlds with strawberries shortcaking through our vanilla bean ice cream. Trust us, it will be a new favorite!

Summer Fruit Tart: This is a show stopper of a tart and comes together quickly! The hardest part is chopping up all of your favorite summer fruits and if you have older children, this is a great one to have them help out with!

Sides:

Summer Fruit Salsa: This salsa is zesty, but not too much so because of the balancing flavors of vanilla. We love it on fresh, wild caught fish, but it would be wonderful on chicken and even just on chips to snack on all day!

Grilled Fruit: Talk about a memorable experience – grilling up seasonal summer fruit takes the flavors to the next level! Your grill party will feel extra gourmet with some grilled fruit to accompany all of those hot dogs, hamburgers and brats!

Cocktails:

Vanilla Vodka Fizz: Mellow and fruity, our take on the slow gin fizz will satisfy the palates of many!

Vanilla Mojito: Classic!

White Vanilla Sangria: A classy and delicious twist on the traditional.

Getting summer ready with Rodelle!

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Just because it might feel like time to clean up your eating for summery tank tops, Daisy Dukes and swimsuits, doesn’t mean it’s time to stash your favorite Rodelle products for a time of year that has more sweaters! We’ve got many healthy chocolate desserts, vanilla recipes that won’t break your goals and some killer smoothies to start your spring days off on the right foot! Check out our list of some of the top summer inspired recipes!

Breakfast

Rodelle 4 Ingredient Banana Pancakes – Homemade, healthy, and NOT from a box! It only takes four simple ingredients to make these tasty pancakes. This is a pancake recipe like you’ve never seen before!

Healthy Chia Seed Pudding – Chia seed pudding is packed with flavorful vanilla and health-boosting fatty acids, this breakfast will fuel some serious activity!

Orange Cinnamon and Vanilla Super Juice Smoothie – Packed with fiber, this delicious smoothie has citrus, vanilla and delicious fruit flavors that you will love.

Snacks

Rodelle Green Smoothie – A detox smoothie that will add in sneaky greens when you need them most – snack time!

Maple Vanilla Oatmeal Bars –  Substantial, go-anywhere, breakfast bars made with pure, healthy ingredients. Rodelle’s Maple Vanilla Oatmeal Bars are flavorful and filling to fuel your busy day!

Salads

Jicama Salad with Vanilla Bean Goat Cheese – The crispy jicama and carrots, combined with the sweet tartness of the orange and vanilla bean infused goat cheese make this a most sensational salad! Enjoy it with a unique vanilla bean vinaigrette.

Cranberry Kale Salad with Vanilla Cranberry Vinaigrette – Deliciously easy as well as healthy! This satisfying salad goes with your healthy lunch plans like peanut butter and jelly.

Desserts

Healthy Chocolate Pudding – This healthy chocolate pudding packs powerful nutrition and flavor. And, you’d never guess the secret ingredient: avocados!

Low Fat Berry Yogurt Cake – This cake is VERY low in fat – it can be eaten as breakfast, brunch or dessert. Flavored with bright seasonal berries and vanilla, it is perfect for spring and summer!

Guilt Free Raspberry Chocolate Smoothie –  This simple and elegant recipe was created by Erin Ireland. It’s a very clever mixture of our Gourmet Baking Cocoa mixed with your favorite fruit! Erin chose raspberries!

Cookie Dough Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches – Healthy peanut butter cookie dough and banana ice cream make this indulgent treat guilt-free!

 

Welcome to Laura @ Tide & Thyme!

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We’re excited to welcome Laura from Tide & Thyme to our list of Brand Ambassadors! Laura’s blog, Tide & Thyme, is a delicious collection of recipes for everything from simple sides to delectable desserts. Laura’s influence from the Eastern Shore (hailing from Chincoteague Island)  is apparent in her use of fresh, seasonal produce and seafood from the shore. We suggest visiting Tide & Thyme for dinner inspiration, and staying around for dessert!

Laura’s first post featuring Rodelle is a perfect treat for Spring and Summer fruit – a Lemon Cheesecake Mousse! It’s a super simple no-bake dessert featuring Rodelle Vanilla Extract and we think it would be great with a dash of our Pure Lemon Extract, too! If you make it, let us know what you think!

Find the recipe here!