Peppermint Simple Syrup (Skill Level: Easy)
Some may argue that this is not baking or is so simple that it should not count. The purpose of this Bake Along, however, is to accommodate people of all skill levels because everyone started at the beginning once upon a time. For those of you who think you cannot bake, you’re safe giving this one a try.
1 clean bottle to store it in
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
3 teaspoons peppermint extract or 10 drops peppermint essential oil (food grade, please)
Funnel, silicone spatula, and small saucepan
In a small saucepan, pour water and sugar and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir it with a silicone spatula occasionally so the sugar doesn’t caramelize. Be careful not to let it burn you with splashing. It is unlikely if you’re watching it closely (as you should be), but be watchful all the same. Once it has reached a rolling boil, remove pan from heat and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Gently pour in your peppermint extract and stir.
It’s that simple! Now just use a funnel to carefully pour it into your container of choice. This produces a strong syrup, so you’ll only need a splash in your cocoa or hot chocolate. Enjoy!
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