Our vanilla syrup was simply begging to be made after a visit to an exquisite vanilla plantation in Uganda, and a truly baller cocktail in Zanzibar involving champagne and a whole vanilla bean as a garnish. Forget those insipid imitation vanillas and watery extracts; this is the real deal, with fistfuls of whole vanilla beans and mellow, rich palm sugar.
It starts with all-natural coconut palm sugar; unlike white sugar, this has lots of naturally occurring flavor that isn’t filtered out, with warm caramel and butterscotch tones that go hand in hand with black pepper. Coconut palm sugar is made from the nectar of coconut palm trees, is unrefined and completely natural, has a lower glycemic index, and is rich in nutrients and vitamins. Additionally, palm sugar is considered to be the most sustainable sweetener in the world.
We add lots of ground organic vanilla bean for a rich, authentic vanilla flavor. No artificial flavorings here – nothing but the highest quality, real ingredients. We also add a touch of organic citric acid, which helps to stabilize and preserve it, so that it won’t crystallize.
It’s Rich because we use twice the amount of sugar as in a standard simple syrup. What does this mean? Well to start, one bottle goes much further than a regular simple syrup. It also has a much deeper and more intense flavor from the palm sugar, which imparts rich molasses and caramel flavors instead of just sweetness.
What can you do with it? Anything you can imagine; it’s a tool to help unlock your culinary creativity. It’s hard to find something vanilla doesn’t go well with, but as a starting point, here are some suggestions, and recipes can be found on our website:
- Drizzled over ice cream, berries, or other fruit
- Drizzled over breakfast – waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, even bacon
- In coffee, tea, hot chocolate and smoothies
- Homemade soda
- Add some moxie to recipes for ice creams, custards, whipped creams, candies, cookies and cakes; replace corn syrup or honey with a Rich Simple Syrup
Made in small batches by hand, we use all non-GMO ingredients and mostly organic when at all possible. Blank Slate Kitchen is a Brooklyn-based company that crafts high-end products to provide food and drink enthusiasts with the very best ingredients to explore, develop and realize their own kitchen creativity. Blank Slate was founded by chef Alex Sorenson, who has worked in a wide range of fine dining restaurants throughout New York City, and the world at large, having lived and worked in France, Rwanda and Borneo. Alex maintains that happiness with frequent travels to the far corners of the earth in search of the best ingredients and exciting new flavors, techniques and dishes to inspire Blank Slate Kitchen’s products.
8 oz bottle.
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