Saturday, March 3, 2012

Homemade Vanilla {Latte} Syrup

I'm a little embarrassed.

I have neglected this little blog for a month and a half.

Biggest apologies.

This year so far has been a bit of a is just busy and my priorities had to get shifted a bit.  All is well, so no worries.

I've been cooking....but just nothing exciting enough to write home about.  In the midst of basketball practices and soccer games, Bible study and lots of prep time, and just life on-the-go, we've been eating simply and easy (read: lots of PB&J!).

So, with that being said, let me say "thank you" to those of you who are still hanging out with me, awaiting a new and long overdue recipe.  Thank you!

Let's enjoy a coffee break together, shall we?  My favorite thing in the whole world is a nice hot vanilla latte--it's what I always order and my homemade ones are even better now with homemade vanilla syrup. What is your favorite coffee treat?

Homemade Vanilla {Latte} Syrup
Adapted from Annie's Eats

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out

Heat water, sugar, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean with seeds scraped out in a small saucepan over medium heat.  For extra measure of vanilla-y goodness, toss the pod in the pot as well.Simmer 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved and syrup thickens.  Off heat and let cool in the pot.  Once cooled, transfer syrup to a jar or empty bottle and top with the lid.  Store in the refrigerator up to 3 months (however, mine will never last that long!!)