Sunday, January 30, 2011

Vanilla Syrup



Vanilla syrup is the key ingredient in one of my favourite drinks, the London Fog.  I will be posting the London Fog recipe next week.

Ingredients:

1 Cup water
1 Cup sugar
1 Vanilla bean (you can also use vanilla extract, but the bean will give a deeper vanilla flavour)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to boil on high heat, stirring constantly.  The sugar will dissolve and the mixture will become clear. Once mixture has come to a boil, continue to boil for about 5 minutes. 

If you used vanilla beans, remove the large pieces left behind.  There will still be smaller bits that look like coffee grounds (unless you strain first through a coffee filter), those will add to the flavour of the syrup.

Once cool, bottle and refrigerate.  Goes well with coffee or tea.

5 comments:

  1. Do you think you could use this in place of vanilla extract? Like make large amounts of it?

    I know if you take vanilla beans and put them in sugar for a week you get vanilla sugar.

    Or you know what might be cool? Making lollipops from it!

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  2. Due to the high sugar content, a vanilla syrup wouldn't work the same in recipes as vanilla extract. You have however, sparked an internal mission for me to find a great recipe for Vanilla Extract and share it with you all. :)

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  3. Throwing a vanilla bean, split and scrapped, into a jar of bourbon works good. Vodka is good, but the flavour of bourbon works well. Make sure it is submerged to prevent mould!

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  4. If I use vanilla extract, rather than the vanilla bean, how much extract do you suggest for this recipe?

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