So, I’ve had a couple of folks ask me what to do with their bountiful supplies of homemade simple syrup, flavored and otherwise. I have put together a little list of ideas for you. If you have other ideas you’d like to add, please leave them in the comments section. I will be posting about Something Else Interesting later on, but I wanted to make sure y’all know what to do with your simple syrup this weekend. Chris, from Beyond Ramen mentioned drizzling it into one’s mouth, and that’s a good start, but let’s broaden our horizons a bit, shall we?
First, though: Erica, from In Erica’s Kitchen says that she uses hers as a receptacle for Meyer lemons that are just throwing themselves down from the trees, all willy-nilly. Gee, it must be hard to be Erica. Anyway, she is enjoying the Best Lemonade Ever. Drew, from Cook Like Your Grandmother says that he keeps his way longer than a week or two, tightly covered. He warns of crystallization. I’ve never had that happen to me before, but I’m sure that it could happen. He says just put the container in a pan of hot water and all will be well. And for all of you with glucose tolerance issues, my friend Chef Keem makes a line of flavored agave nectars that you can use instead of simple syrup. Check them out. Thanks to all of you who have commented and are so supportive of my wee little blog. I appreciate it.
Right, then; here we go.
- Sweeten your iced tea or coffee with it.
- Brush it on cake layers to keep them moist and delightful.
- Use it to make mixed drinks. I love to make a margarita with lime simple syrup, Cointreau and tequila (thank you, Martha Stewart–that woman is NOT afraid of alcohol).
- Add sparkling water to make instant soda.
- Add to fruit purees to make a great sorbet base.
- Make sour mix–equal parts lemon juice, lime juice and simple syrup is a good place to start, but experiment. Make it as sweet or tart as you like.
- Use it to candy stuff–maybe some ginger, as we’ve discussed before, or lemongrass.
- Slice lemons really thinly, put them in a baking dish, cover with vanilla simple syrup and cover tightly with foil. Bake at 350 degrees, F for 30-40 minutes. Snacks! Or garnish.
And that’s it, for now. More later, though, folks.
PS The Beloved is just fine; thank you to those who have asked. (Marc, from [No Recipes] asked if he pulled through okay. I think I like Marc’s sense of humor).
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After this week’s classes, a Mojito sounds pretty good right about now (look away, Uncle Sam).