Simple syrup is comprised of boiling sugar and water until the sugar is completely dissolved and incorporated into the water to form a homogeneous liquid, which is then cooled. Simple syrup is an excellent vehicle for flavorings, such as vanilla bean in this syrup, as it is a neutral base.
½ cup (100 grams) sugar
¼ cup (2 ounces/59 ml) water
Seeds from one vanilla bean, preferably Nielsen-Massey
How to Use Them:
In a small pot on medium heat, bring the sugar, water, vanilla seeds and vanilla bean pod to a rolling boil for approximately 5 minutes, swirling the pot intermittently. Strain through a sieve and cool to room temperature.