Saturday, August 15, 2009
So my husband and I really love steamers. When we were on our honeymoon we went to this great little coffee shop to get internet several mornings and the owner served us some of the best steamers we'd ever had. My favorite is Irish Cream. Anyway, tonight we decided to try to make homemade steamers. And it worked! I'm sure we will be drinking lots of milk this winter- good for the bones! We made a homemade vanilla syrup and then just scalded some milk on the stove. The syrup definitely doesn't look like the professional, Starbucks stuff, but it got the job done. My talented husband did most of the work on this recipe, so he really deserves most of the credit. :)
For the syrup:
2 1/2 cups of water
1 cup of granulated sugar
3/4 cup of brown sugar
Boil on medium heat for 15-20 minutes. The syrup may thicken some, but don't expect it to thicken too much. Stir in 4 tbs vanilla extract (or, whatever flavor you want.)
Pour 1/8-1/4 cup of syrup into a mug (we did 1/4 cup for 8 oz. and it was a little on the sweet side, but I think 1/8 would have been too little. Depends entirely on your preference.) You will have plenty of extra syrup to last you all winter long, so just stick it in a canning jar and toss it in the fridge to use when wanted.
Pour 8 oz of milk into a saucepan and heat to scalding. Pour milk into mug. Enjoy!