Golden Vanilla Syrup
For a great gift idea, pour this syrup into a decorative glass container and attach your favorite pancake recipe. This syrup is also great poured over ice cream or pound cake. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month.
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise (vanilla beans freeze well, plump in microwave for 15 to 30 seconds before use)
2 cups granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups water
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice, strained
1 Tbsp light brown sugar
Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and place both the bean and the seeds in a small bowl.
Combine the granulated sugar and rest of the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves, then reduce the heat and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the vanilla bean and seeds, stirring gently.
Cool the syrup to room temperature, then pour into a glass container, cover and chill.
The recipe will give you a little over 2 cups of syrup.