Homemade syrup

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Wendy

Homemade syrup

Hi Lindsey

A while ago you directed me to a site that had a recipe for golden syrup as I can't get it here. The first time the syrup was a bit too runny but ths second batch I made today is great. It made a bit less than two 370g jars

I just thought I'd let you know.

Thanks for your help.

Love

Wendy xx

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Lindsey, Food Editor

For Wendy

Hi Wendy,

That’s great news. One of your ingredient sourcing challenges resolved!

It’s raining here this morning but I hope you’re having better weather in Italy.

Thanks for letting me know about the syrup.

Lindsey xx

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NateJ

may I ask for the link?

Hello,

I missed the link for the recipe -- could either of you repost it?

Thanks!Nate

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Lindsey, Food Editor

For Nate

Hi Nate,

Here it is….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksIHlV9T17U

Best wishes

Lindsey

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Wendy

FAO Lindsey and Nate

Lindsey - I thought Spring had started a couple of weeks' ago then we had nearly a week of continuous rain. I think spring has started today, husband has gone into shorts!

NateJ - If you decide to make the syrup I wouldn't let it go the full 45 minutes, I would take a small amount out after about 30 minutes and see if it sets. Although mine turned out OK after 45 minutes,it is a bit thicker than normal so next time I'll reduce the time and see.

Wendy xx

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Elpe

Homemade syrup

Just watched that video - amazing! Does it really taste like the stuff we buy?

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Wendy

Syrup, Elpe

I will reply as I'm not sure if Lindsey has made the syrup. Sorry, Lindsey if you could have answered this.

The first time I made it it was rather too runny and tasted a bit lemony. I think (and Lindsey agreed) that I probably didn't have the gas high enough.

The second batch turned out a lot better although I did it for the required time I think it might not take that long. When I wrote to Lindsey to tell her I'd tried again it was very syrupy and tasted like syrup. The day after it was more solid and tasted like barley sugar (if you are old enough to remember that!)I would certainly do it for less time than 45 mins, as I suggested to NateJ to take a bit out after, say, 30 mins and let it go cold and see what the consistency is like.

My husband popped the syrup into the m/w to soften it to put on his toast and it was OK.

It's easy to make if a bit time consuming.

Wendy

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Elpe

Homemade syrup

Thanks, Wendy - useful to know that. I hope that I'll never have the need to make it myself as the UK shops always seem to stock it. Are there other ingredients you can't buy over there?

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NateJ

Thanks

Thanks Lindsey!

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NateJ

Good to know

That's good to know, thanks. I get mine in the USA from amazon.com - it's merely expensive rather than unavailable, so I'll probably just buy the commercial stuff. Mostly I just wanted to know how to make it so that if I ever need large quantities I could make it easily.

I envy you folks in the UK who can buy a jar for 99p.

I find it interesting because with the exception of the cost of beef, which is more expensive in Britain by quite a bit, our food prices for ingredients such as flour, sugar, veg, fruit, etc. are similar -- but of course, processed items made in our two countries are more expensive in the other one. (When I look at the price of marshmallow fluff in the UK I think 'wow!' -- it's quite cheap here and used in sandwiches with peanut butter, on ice cream, etc.)

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britbabe

Homemade syrup

Living in the U.S. I get my golden syrup from Fresh and Easy or Cost Plus World Market.

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Wendy

Elpe re unavailable things

Another poster on this site, Rasdora, lives in Italy and she has given me the name of a mail order company that will deliver English foods to expats. The delivery charge makes it quite expensive but like a lot of things the more you buy the cheaper it works out, but of course, there is the weight issue. I'm making a list of treats I'd like and when I've enough will order a box.

Anyway, you asked what I can't get. Apart from syrup, I can't get treacle, molasses, brown sauce, oats, parsnips, baking apples, as my husband says proper bacon and decent tea bags!

On the upside, there is a huge assortment of pasta - fresh and dried, lovely fresh fish, good, reasonably priced fruit and vegetables.

Regards,

Wendy

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Elpe

Homemade syrup contd.

Interesting, Wendy! Now you've got me thinking - no golden syrup, no treacle, I think I could live without those which is probably why I sometimes find sell-by dates on the tins in my cupboard way out-of-date!

 
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