Cinnamon Basil Syrup is a simple sugar syrup flavored with cinnamon basil leaves.
Listen closely and you might hear the cinnamon basil growing in my garden–it’s growing so fast.
Up to now, its purpose for existing was unknown to me. But I think I may have found it.
This weekend I made shortcakes as part of my baking with the Tuesdays with Dorie group. Her Tender Shortbread recipe from Baking called for plain, granulated white sugar to sweeten the berries.
Dorie’s recommendation gave me the idea to make a sugar syrup and steep some of the cinnamon basil in it as it cooled. Although it’s simple, it adds a subtle but interesting flavor note to the berries.
Can I substitute sweet basil instead?
If you don’t have cinnamon basil, you can use fresh sweet basil instead although I would use only a half-cup of leaves.
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- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup fresh cinnamon basil leaves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Heat sugar and water in 2 cup or larger Pyrex bowl in microwave to boiling. Stop and stir until sugar has dissolved.
- Add leaves and cinnamon stick, pushing under the surface of the syrup to steep.
- After 30 minutes, remove leaves. Pour cooled syrup over fruit.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1mg Carbohydrates: 17g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 9g Protein: 0g