Golden syrup, where have you been all my life?
Whenever I make an international dessert it usually means I miss being abroad…and yep, I was really missing the UK. Plus, I’d eaten all of the scones and clotted cream I’d made and was looking for another delicious dessert to make. So, I decided on golden syrup (also called treacle) because it’s a key ingredient in treacle tart (Harry Potter’s favorite!), which I also recently made (and now I see why it’s Harry Potter’s favorite).
A few days before I making the treacle tart (actually, I made mini treacle tarts – you can get the recipe here in my free mini tarts ebook), I cooked up a batch of golden syrup. OMG, golden syrup is so easy and so amazingly delicious. I will never be without a jar of golden syrup again!
Where to Buy Golden Syrup?
If you’re in the US, you might be asking, can I buy golden syrup?! And what does it taste like?
Well, I bought a $5 bottle of Lyle’s Golden Syrup at World Market. When I got home, I tried a spoonful and…wow, yum! It has a buttery, kind of caramel flavor, different from any of the syrups I typically use in the US (e.g., maple, light/dark corn syrup, molasses).
From what I’ve read online, you might also be able to find Lyle’s Golden Syrup in the international section of your local grocery store. Or you can add a bottle of Lyle’s Golden Syrup to your next Amazon order. It’s much cheaper to make golden syrup yourself, though! Just be sure to make it up a day or so before you want to use it so it has time to cool and thicken.
What Do I Need to Make Golden Syrup?
Not much in the way of ingredients or cooking tools! As far as ingredients go, all you need is sugar, water, and a slice of lemon. Yep, that’s it!
Here are the kitchen tools you need: a saucepan, a wooden spoon, a kettle to boil water in, a measuring cup, and a sterilized glass jar with a lid.
I really like Ball glass canning jars and use them for everything. (Click here to grab a set of Ball wide-mouth canning jars.) BUT…I’ve been eyeing this set of super cute Weck Tulip glass jelly jars! What a great holiday gift that would be – yummy golden syrup in a cute reusable tulip glass jelly jar!
How to Make Golden Syrup
First, pour 3 Tbsp water and 1/2 cup sugar into a saucepan and stir until dissolved.
Heat over medium heat and keep stirring as it simmers.
It will start to turn a caramel color.
When it’s a nice caramel color, slowly add 1 1/4 cups boiling water (I pre-heated the water in countertop water kettle).
Then add the rest of the sugar – 2 1/2 cups. Keep stirring until sugar has dissolved.
Add a slice of lemon and bring to a low simmer. The lemon will keep the mixture from crystalizing at is simmers.
Turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for about 45 minutes.
When the syrup is ready, take out the now candied lemon.
Let the mixture cool down for a few minutes.
Then pour it into a sterilized jar (I poured boiling water into my jar and let it sit for a couple minutes). The syrup will be thin at this point but will thicken up as it cools in the jar.
Now you have golden syrup! Delicious.
This recipe made about 8oz of golden syrup. Store in a cool, dry place.
I used my golden syrup in this mini treacle tart recipe and am now eyeing a golden syrup pudding recipe, golden syrup cake…all things golden syrup. 🙂
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How perfect of a holiday, birthday or shower gift would this be with a jar of golden syrup, whether homemade or Lyle’s original?
Sugar, water and a slice of lemon are all you need to make this buttery caramel flavored syrup!
- 3 Tbsp water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/4 cup boiling water
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 lemon slice
Pour 3 Tbsp water and 1/2 cup sugar into a saucepan and stir until dissolved.
Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring consistently.
Once the mixture turns a caramel color, slowly add 1 1/4 cups boiling water (I pre-heated the water my countertop hot water kettle).
Add 2 1/2 cups sugar, stirring until sugar has dissolved.
Add a slice of lemon to the mixture. The lemon will keep the mixture from crystalizing at is simmers.
Turn the heat down to low and let the syrup simmer for about 45 minutes.
When the syrup is ready, remove the candied lemon slice. Let the mixture cool down for a few minutes before pouring it into a sterilized jar (I poured boiling water into my jar and let it sit for a couple minutes). The syrup will be thin at this point but will thicken up as it sits in the jar.
Store in a cool, dry place.
Based on this recipe
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