Make your own vanilla paste

Line a baking sheet with parchment.
Preheat oven to 200* F.
Split your vanilla beans in two.
Place on baking sheet – do not let them touch each other.
Bake until completely dried and brittle – roughly 30 minutes or so. (Check every 10 minutes)
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Pulverize in spice/coffee grinder into a powder.
Add corn syrup – one tablespoon at a time to the right consistency. You want it easy to scoop.
Use in sauces and batters to flavor, giving them a rich, true vanilla flavor and visual texture. Mixture will keep for a week in the refrigerator.

I made this using 4 vanilla beans and 4 tablespoons of light corn syrup.