Bay Syrup

comments (21) March 3rd, 2009

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1-1/2 cups water
1-1/2 cups sugar
10 to 12 bay leaves

Makes about 3 cups

Herb syrups are wonderful flavor essences that can be added in place of the liquid in cakes, pie filling, and drizzled over all type of baked goods. They are good on all kinds of fruits and fruit salads, used in beverages, and to make sorbets.  My favorite use for bay syrup is on fresh seasonal fruit; probably peaches and nectarines are my first choice, although it is lovely on apples, pears, oranges and pineapple. It is delightful added to a piña colada. My friend Chuck Voigt likes it on vanilla ice cream.

This syrup is very sweet and concentrated; usually I make a less sweet syrup by using 2 parts water to 1 part sugar (I use the less sweet syrup in my herbal libations and on fresh fruit).

To make herb syrup, combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan. Add the herb leaves and bruise them gently against the side of the pan with a spoon. Place over moderate heat and bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat and let stand for at least 30 minutes; it is best if allowed to cool to room temperature. Remove the leaves and squeeze them into the syrup to extract their flavor. This syrup can be made ahead and refrigerated for about 10 days, or frozen for up to 6 months.

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Comments (21)

ericlimberlet writes: Really great idea
Posted: 7:48 am on September 27th
samdavis54 writes: Impressive
Posted: 12:01 am on August 30th
wiseharvey writes: Great one
Posted: 1:08 am on August 26th
justinreid writes: very nice
Posted: 11:37 pm on August 23rd
javierdiaz writes: Leaf looking great
Posted: 2:56 am on August 11th
danafox25 writes: Its beneficial.
Posted: 1:27 am on August 8th
fredlane10 writes: nice leaf
Posted: 11:25 pm on June 22nd
willisrose writes: its nice.
Posted: 1:26 am on February 29th
HarryGalbert writes: Nice share
Posted: 6:34 am on October 30th
BenjaimWelch writes: Good share
Posted: 6:32 am on October 20th
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Posted: 5:01 am on October 19th
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Posted: 12:20 am on October 19th
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Posted: 5:32 am on October 14th
AlbertRoy writes: look very beautiful.

Posted: 4:59 am on October 14th
PeterCane writes: Superbb
Posted: 11:18 pm on October 11th
HarryBoltan writes: good share
Posted: 6:33 am on October 9th
JessicaRedmond writes: wonderful flavor
Posted: 8:11 am on September 15th
LarryArmijo writes: impressive
Posted: 1:56 am on July 9th
CrystalSingh writes: too gud
Posted: 5:54 am on June 3rd
JoleneSmith writes: great job
Posted: 2:04 am on May 12th
mickervine writes: very nice indeed
Posted: 4:56 am on March 13th
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