Vanilla is anything but boring in book

Vanilla gets a reputation of being…boring. In Shauna Sever’s new cookbook, “Pure Vanilla,” she sets out to prove it is anything but!

In six chapters of 80 delicious recipes, Sever gives a brief history of the vanilla bean and how it rose to popularity – thanks to Thomas Jefferson!

Have vanilla at breakfast with recipes like Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding; Vanilla, Brown Sugar and Black Pepper Bacon; and Glazed Vanilla Bean Doughnuts for example.

Cakes & Pies explore vanilla recipes like Triple Vanilla Pound Cake, Big Mama Vanilla Cheesecake and Vanilla Cream Pie.

Cookies & Bars are delicious treats like Big, Soft Frosted Vanilla Sugar Cookies; Vanilla Sugar Puffs; and Salted Vanilla Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

Candies & Confections has recipes for sweets like Vanilla Bean Marshmallows, Vanilla Bean-Sea Salt Caramels and even Vanilla Lollipops.

Custards & Creams has great desserts like Tangy Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta, Floating Islands and Vanilla Bean Semifreddo.

The final chapter wraps things up with Drinks like Vanilla Egg Cream, Vanilla Italian Soda and Malted White Hot Chocolate.

My oldest likes plain sugar cookies, no frosting, so I made Heirloom Vanilla Sugar Cookies for her. This simple, uncomplicated cookie uses both granulated sugar and confectionery sugar for a delicate, melt-in-your-mouth cookie. These were simple mix and drop cookies, no dough to roll out and were simply decorated with colored sugar.

Both girls loved them and they were a breeze to make, which made me happy too.

“Pure Vanilla” is published by Quirk. It is $22.95.

Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com