I was recently shocked to find that my best friend always avoids recipes with simple syrup because she doesn't know how to make it. As I taught her how to put it together, I realized that maybe some of you are like my friend.
Here's the deal with simple syrup: it's used to sweeten everything from drinks to desserts, and is extremely simple to prepare (as its name implies). A classic variation consists of equal parts sugar and water, while a rich simple syrup is two parts sugar to one part water. It keeps in the fridge for up to a month and can be flavored with citrus, herbs, and fruit. To get the uncomplicated technique you'll use over and over again, keep reading.
Photo: Nicole Perry
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
- Bring the sugar and water a boil in a small saucepan set over high heat.
- Remove from heat and let cool. Pour into a jar or bottle and store in the fridge for up to a month.
Makes about 1-1/2 cups.