A simple homemade vanilla bean syrup recipe, the perfect addition to your morning coffee. So easy and delicious with only three ingredients!
My favorite thing to do in the morning after waking up is to turn on my espresso machine and make myself a latte. It’s the perfect start to the day, made even more luxurious by adding a homemade syrup to my drink. It feels like I’m in a cafe while I’m actually in my robe. One of my favorite syrup recipes is this vanilla bean syrup recipe. Please believe me when I say it is one of the simplest yet most divine things I think I’ve ever made.
Vanilla has always been one of my favorite flavors. I know everyone sees it as the “default” flavor or a base flavor. Think of vanilla ice cream, vanilla milkshakes, vanilla lattes. A definition of vanilla even means “nothing special; ordinary; standard.” Aka boring. I have no idea how this came to be, because in my opinion vanilla is one of the best flavors out there. And maybe it’s the default flavor for a reason. I mean, why do we put vanilla extract in everything we bake? Because it’s delicious, of course!
The vanilla plant is actually an orchid, and its fruit is the vanilla bean pod that we know and love. The vanilla orchid is a tropical plant native to Mesoamerica. The Mayans and later the Aztecs grew it to enjoy in cacao-based drinks. When the Spanish conquered the Aztecs, they brought the vanilla orchid to Europe. However, the Europeans did not have the bee needed to pollinate the orchid. Because of this, they could not grow the vanilla pods until they learned how to hand-pollinate the flower in the 1840s. Once they figured this out, they simply could not get enough of vanilla.
Fast forward to today, and vanilla is used in so many things as a flavor or a scent. Boring? I think not. There’s a reason for its popularity, and I think sometimes we lose sight of it. If you smell and taste real vanilla, the only description I have for it is that it’s almost intoxicating. That’s what I first experienced when I made this vanilla bean syrup recipe. My tastebuds almost leapt out of my mouth when I tried it. “Oh!” I thought. “That’s what vanilla is supposed to taste like!”
Hey, I'm Sarah
My favorite things to do are eat, travel, bake, and drink coffee! I love bringing retro and classic recipes back to life and making baking easy and fun.
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