Continuing on yesterday’s topic of my coffee obsession, I thought I’d show y’all how to make a delicious batch of home made vanilla syrup for your pot of coffee, lattes, or fried chicken. Just kidding about the fried chicken…I was just making sure you were paying attention.
Here’s all you need:
2 cups of water
2 cups of sugar (can use any type you like)
2 vanilla beans
Really, what you need to know is that your ratio will always be 1:1. So if you want to make 3 cups of vanilla syrup what do you think you need? 3c water, 3c. sugar, and 3 vanilla beans. You got it. You’re smart.
Combine the sugar and water in a pot and bring it to a boil, constantly stirring. You’re just making simple syrup.
Then slice the vanilla beans down the length of the beans.
It looks kind of like dirt. This is where all the flavor is located.
Pour your simple syrup in a container of your choosing. Then open up the sliced beans a little bit to reveal the “vanilla dirt” and put those guys into your syrup. Let them soak for about 8-10 hours and if you want to you can take the beans out and strain your liquid with cheesecloth. But you don’t have to do that; I leave them in the entire time I’m using the syrup. It makes me feel like it’s more “vanilla-y.”
If you use a container like this, simply use a tablespoon to put it into your coffee. If you didn’t strain syrup to get the beans out, you’ll have a little “vanilla dirt” in there – but it won’t hurt you.
I love to put this in my iced lattes. For a two-shot latte I use 2.5-3 tablespoons of this syrup. I like my coffee sweet.