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This easy-to-prepare simple syrup recipe is perfect to coat cakes in and toss with fresh berries to help sweeten them up. Simple syrup has many benefits and is a baker’s best friend.
There are many uses for simple syrup and if you’re looking for more things to add it to, then check out my Angel Food Cake or my Strawberry Shortcake recipe.
Simple syrup, also called sugar syrup, is a solution of sugar and water that is coved until clear and the sugar is dissolved. It is commonly used to soak cakes in (like babas), glazing baked goods, adding to frostings, or tossing and serving with fresh fruit to help sweeten. Simple syrup is also the base for almost all candies.
I commonly use this at home to brush cakes with before serving or to mix with fresh fruit to brighten up the flavors a bit. The best part is that it lasts quite a long time and it is very easy to make.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Sugar – Any granulated sugar will work for this recipe.
- Water – Use cold tap or bottled water.
How to Make Simple Syrup
Follow these easy-to-make procedures and images to make a simple syrup from scratch:
Add the sugar and water to a small size saucepot.
Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until the sugar has been completely dissolved. Chill and store.
Make-Ahead and Storage
Make-Ahead: You can make this up to 1 week ahead of time.
How to Store: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is simple syrup also called?
- It is also called sugar syrup gomme syrup, and sirop de gomme.
Is simple syrup liquid?
- Yes, it is a thick liquid.
Why is it called simple syrup? It is called that because it is a simple pair of combined sugar and water.
Chef Notes + Tips
- You can make a less sweet version by using a 3 to 1 or 2 to 1 water to sugar if you’d like.
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Homemade Simple Syrup Recipe
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- Add the water and sugar to a small size sauce pot.
- Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until the sugar has been completely dissolved. Chill and store.