Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is just that: simple. It's sugar and water, cooked together to form a syrup. This is a great "staple" to have on hand if you like iced tea, iced coffee, mixed "adult beverages," and a myriad other uses that you'll discover when it's readily-available -- whenever you need a blendable/easily-mixed sweetener!

1. Start with 1 cup of white/granulated sugar and 1 cup of water.2. Put the sugar and the water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. I have a little All-Clad saucepan that we got as a wedding gift and it is the perfect size, but any saucepan will work just fine.
3. You can stir it a few times as it heats up and the sugar starts to melt/dissolve, but you can also just let it heat up on its own. See? Simple!
4. Bring it to a low boil, and stir it until the sugar is completely dissolved.
5. Once the sugar is dissolved, turn the heat down to medium and let it simmer for 5 or 10 minutes. I like to do this just to make sure it's "really, truly" combined -- but you can also just turn off the heat and let it cool. 6. Whether you choose to simmer or not, once it's done turn the heat off and move it to another burner to cool a bit. Once it's cooled (either completely or a bit), pour it into a jar or container and that's it!
I keep mine in this little sugar bowl. Just leave it out on the counter, and use as needed.

Enjoy!
~The Newlywed Chefette

1 comment:

  1. I had no idea it was that simple! That's fabulous...thanks for sharing! :)

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