Excerpted from Food Swap © 2016 by Emily Paster.
Photos © Michael Piazza Photography.
Used with permission by Storey Publishing.
Makes 2 ½ cups or 3 (8-ounce) jars
Vanilla syrup is divine in coffee drinks, but it is equally wonderful mixed with sparkling water for a homemade cream soda. We also like to pour it on pancakes and waffles, which was how we used up that first bottle of vanilla syrup. And as with all drink syrups, vanilla syrup comes in handy for your home bar.
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 vanilla beans, split down the middle lengthwise
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Combine the water, sugar, and vanilla beans in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
Boil the syrup hard for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and allow the vanilla beans to steep for 30 minutes.
Pour in the vanilla extract and stir to combine.
Pour into three 8-ounce jars and include a half of a vanilla bean in each jar. Decorate each jar with a label or hanging tag. Note that syrup will last for several months in the refrigerator.