Thanks to my new coffee machine. I’ve almost got the perfect barrista coffee at home but one thing is missing for me. A plain latte will never come close to its flavoured equivalent, I need vanilla syrup.
Flavoured coffee syrups have been around for a long time but the demand for them has grown massively over the past few years. It’s an easy way to personalise your drink and a relatively new tradition for coffee shop goers.
Today’s little achievement was to make a bottle of my own rather than paying extortionate amounts for a bottle elsewhere (sorry Starbuck’s). This recipe yields enough for around 50 vanilla lattes and costs about 45 pence to make ( less than a penny per serving).
Starbuck’s vanilla syrup also has a pretty shocking ingredients list for something so simple: sugar syrup, water, flavouring, E150d, E202, E330. What’s with all the E numbers?! They’re totally not needed. My recipe is super simple:250ml water 250g sugar 2 Tbsp natural vanilla extract
Some of you might be wondering why I’m choosing to cook with extract, well there are two reasons. Firstly, vanilla beans are expensive, and second, they’re fiddly. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a bottle of extract in your cupboard; it’s just natural vanilla stored in alcohol. Essence or flavouring however, are a totally different story and you should try to steer clear. These tend to have lots of nasties and preservatives in so make sure you check the labels when you’re buying.
Ready for a two line recipe?
Heat the water and sugar in a sauce pan on a medium heat, whisking until all the sugar has dissolved and the liquid is clear. Take off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour in to sterilised jars and seal.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t seal mine, it was in a coffee straight away.
It tastes so good that you’ll want to put it in everything. Drizzle over pancakes, waffles or ice cream. Pour over soda water for your own homemade cream soda. Make a vanilla milkshake. Add to greek yoghurt and fruit. Use to glaze a cake. Create a vanilla vodka and lemonade.
You can take this recipe and make any flavour syrup you like. Amazon are pretty handy for unusual essences or try your local health food shop. For a real Wimbledon treat, swap the vanilla for strawberry essence and top your latte with whipped cream. This would be a delicious way to transform a plain cheese cake too, just drizzle over the top.
If you fancy barrista level coffee at home, make sure you head over to the Lavazza-Wimbledon website and enter their competition to win a machine like mine. You can follow them on twitter and facebook too for coffee making tips.
Let me know if you give the syrup a go. Which flavour will be your #newtradition?
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