Heart-healthy canola oil helps lighten a classic dessert, while an ingenious technique deepens flavor and adds richness.
Photography: Johnny Autry
Warming a split vanilla bean in canola oil infuses the oil with deep vanilla essence as the seeds spill out and mingle in the liquid. This is a simple, quick step that is well worth the little bit of time and effort.
Lay the vanilla bean flat on a cutting board. Using a small, sharp knife with a tip, split the vanilla bean down the middle lengthwise, end to end.