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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Vanilla Syrup | Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup


Lately I've been obsessed with Vanilla.  Not just any vanilla, but real vanilla from vanilla beans.  I think it all started when we made a creamy vanilla custard on Christmas Day for dessert.  I couldn't stop licking the bowl.  I could not stop.  Yesterday, I made a Vanilla Cream Sauce with Meringue Clouds for a dessert feature I was working on for another blog for which I contribute (I'll share the photos and link shortly).  There is something about cooked vanilla that sends me into a tizzy.

With my new found obsession with all things vanilla, I thought I'd try some vanilla coffee K-Cups... after all, I love vanilla lattes.  Nope.  I should have known!  The "French Vanilla" flavor was nothing like the warm flavor of real vanilla.  Suddenly, I remembered an amazing vanilla bean syrup I put in my latte at Natasha's Mulberry & Mott in Kansas City (left : photo of her peppermint & orange syrup).  So, this morning I made a batch of Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup to accompany morning coffee... it was everything I hoped it would be!  Real, warm, slightly sweet vanilla.  Ummmm. 

Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

warm fuzzy in a bottle


2 cups of sugar
2 cups of water
1 vanilla bean

Scrape the beans from the vanilla bean.  In a saucepan, mix together sugar, water and seeds from the vanilla bean.  Cook on low heat until it simmers.  Cook for 8-10 minutes until the liquid has reduced. 


Cooking in the saucepan with the bean seeds and the bean.


Bottled up!

8 comments:

  1. I've made the same experiences on christmas day with a selfmade vanilla custard for dessert! Real vanilla from vanilla beans is so much better than the fake ones. And now I have to try this real vanilla bean coffee syrup :)

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  2. Vanilla is amazing but peppermint is my obsession! Do you have a recipie for peppermint syrup?

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  3. i'm making this right now - trying it with raw sugar. hoping i find in the morning that it's every bit as delicious as i'm anticipating! thanks for the fabulous idea!

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  4. also, i have that same coffee cup. ;)

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  5. How do you keep it? Does it need to be in the refrigerator? Can you let me know how to make it with lemon.... Thanks LU

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  6. Hi Jenny - when you make your vanilla bean syrup - how do you store it and how long would it typically last? Thanks for all of the great tips. I always look forward to your next post. : ) Kimberly

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  7. Hi there
    This syrup looks delicious! I need to use up my vanilla beans so this is definitely on my to do list...how do you suggest this to be stored and how long does it keep?

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  8. Does this need to be refrigerated?

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