A ‘simple syrup’ is one of the most essential ingredients for desserts, in addition to being used widely for pancakes, biscuit cakes or homemade ice cream. The recipe of the common syrup is quite easy, but somewhat tasteless and boring for many. If you need something that appeals to you, your family and especially your kids, follow these creative tips to flavor your syrup and give it a nicer color.
Ingredients for a simple syrup:
– 1 part of water + 1 part of sugar, and optionally a tsp of lemon juice for 2 glasses of water.
– Add 2 glasses of water with another two of white sugar, measured with the same glass.
– Bring the mixture to boil while stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves then lower the heat and simmer until it starts to thicken and turn into a light golden color.
– Add the lemon juice and stir well then simmer again for 3 or 5 minutes.
The lemon juice addition is supposed to give thickness and flavor to the syrup, however this kind of syrup will be suitable only for desserts and quite boring if used for pancakes.
Then how to flavor and color your syrup?
– Excluding the lemon juice and adding a dash of vanilla extract to the water before boiling, is supposed to give a nice vanilla syrup that is not too heavy to use for pancakes.
– Making fruit syrup, such as strawberry syrup, by simmering 1 part of sliced fruit with 1 ½ parts water and 1 part sugar, will give you a lovely pancake syrup. You can even make thick strawberry syrup with the juice itself.
– Adding some peppermint or basil leaves to the boiling water will give a fabulous flavored syrup. Add ½ part of torn leaves to 4 parts of water.
– Repeat the previous step with rose petals, springs and buds to give a fantastic taste and color. You can use red roses, lilac, lavender and jasmine.
– Add grated fruit peel to flavor and color the syrup. This way allows you to make many fruity syrup jars and keep in the fridge for all family members to add on their morning pancakes. You can add grated peels of lemons, oranges and mangoes.
– Another nice idea is to prepare several jars, in which you put different flavoring ingredients such as jasime buds, lilac, lavender, cinnamon, clove, rose petals, torn basil leaves and grated orange peel, then you simply make a syrup, that is not thick, and pour the hot syrup directly in each jar. This process is supposed to flavor the syrup. It is easier than the ones I mentioned above and also it adds a style to the preserved jars.