Infused Simple Syrup

Time to make some delicious Ramadan desserts, but first let’s prepare the simple syrup!

The Simple Sugar Syrup is an essential addition to most Middle Eastern desserts. It takes less than 15 minutes to prepare and lasts months in the pantry. I always make it ahead to have it handy when I need it.

The Syrup is made primarily with sugar, water and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Some common flavoring additions are vanilla, rose or orange blossom water, orange peel or cinnamon. For most of the Arabic desserts I make, my preference is to flavor the Syrup with vanilla or cinnamon, sometimes both, depending on which dessert. A drizzle of this cinnamon infused simple sugar syrup adds the perfect finishing touch to almost any Middle Eastern baked or fried dessert.

Here’s the recipe:
🍚 1.5 cups sugar
💦 1 cup water
🍋 A squeeze of lemon
🍯1 cinnamon stick
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water, add one good quality cinnamon stick (I used @badiaspices Cinnamon) and set on the stove over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and syrup starts to boil. At this point you should stop stirring to prevent the sugar from crystalizing.
Once the syrup reaches a rolling boil, add a squeeze of lemon, lower heat to medium-low and let the syrup simmer for 8-10 minutes.
Take it off heat and let it cool completely before drizzling it on your freshly baked or fried dessert.
If you are not going to use the syrup immediately, take out the cinnamon stick before transferring it to a jar to store it in your pantry. And Voila!!
Make sure you have a batch ready for our next recipe; which is one of the ultimate Ramadan treats 😉👌🏻🤩

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