Herb Syrups Recipe

Make herb syrups for cakes, pies and sorbets.

| July/August 2007

Herb syrups are wonderful flavor essences that can be added in place of the liquid in cakes, pie filling and sorbets. They are good on all kinds of fruits and used in beverages. Make these when you have fresh herbs in abundance, their flavor and aroma will bring a brightness to fruits and desserts. The inspiration for these syrups came fromThe Herb Farm Cookbookby Jerry Traunfeld (Scribner, 2000).

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Herb Syrups

Makes about 2 cups  

1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
About 8 to 10 lemon balm sprigs or large handful of lemon balm leaves

To make herb syrup, combine water and sugar in small saucepan, place over moderate heat and bring to simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add herbs, bruising leaves against side of pan with spoon. Cover, remove from heat and let stand for at least 30 minutes or until room temperature.

Remove leaves and squeeze them into syrup to extract flavor. Pour syrup into clean bottle or jar and label. This syrup can be made ahead and kept in refrigerator for about 10 days.

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