I have a new addiction - it's called Vanilla Iced Coffee. I know, that's not exactly a new thing but it is for me, as I usually drink my coffee hot with a splash of milk. However, recently I've been drinking my coffee on ice with a splash of my homemade vanilla syrup every afternoon in the garden. It's the perfect combination of coffee with a hint of sweetness and vanilla and it's so refreshing. Simply the perfect summer treat! In my opinion, homemade syrup is so mich better than storebought. Making syrup is very, very simple (all you need is sugar, water and the flavouring of your choice) and about 10 minutes of time. That's it! If you store your homemade syrup is a cute bottle (I got mine at a German store called Depot) you could even give it away as a gift! Or use it in a summer cocktail... Need any more reasons to get into th kitchen? I don't think so! :)
Homemade Vanilla Syrup
makes about 250ml
200g granulated sugar
1-2 vanilla beans
- Wash and dry the container you want to keep your syrup in.
- Add the sugar and the water to a saucepan. Whisk it together until most of the sugar has dissolved.
- Scrape the seeds out of the vanilla bean and add them to the sugar. Add the vanilla pod as well.
- Put the saucepan on the stove and turn on the heat to about middle high. Bring the water to a slow boil and let it boil gently for about 6-8 minutes. No need to whisk, just swirl the pan every now and then. It's supposed to turn golden but only very slightly so. It's not supposed to get very thick, it will thicken later when it cools.
- Take the saucepan from the heat and let it cool down. Take out the vanilla pod.
- Using a strainer, pour the syrup into some kind of container. This will keep covered in the fridge for a few weeks.