Whenever the inspiration to bake strikes I go through my cookbooks and start dissecting it page by page. Often times I realize that I do not have an ingredient that is essential to the recipe. Most of those times I can make or substitute whatever is missing, phew!
Today A. and I decided to make cake from scratch. The recipe asked for chocolate syrup, an ingredient I seldom have at hand. So I decided to make my own…and it is so much better than Hershey’s syrup! Oh yeah!!
The ingredients are super simple, pantry staples.
1 cup water
½ cup cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
⅛ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon vanilla
- In a saucepan, mix water and cocoa powder. Heat and stir until cocoa is dissolved.
- Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Boil for 3 minutes over medium heat. Keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t boil over…oops!
- Add salt and vanilla. Let cool.
- Pour inro cute little jar (or a jam jar you have hiding in your covers).
The flavor is rich and finger-licking-good! If it wasn’t bad for me, I would eat it by the spoonful! The syrup is great for chocolate milk, cakes, or ice cream (yumms)!
Sometimes it is easier and more cost effective to use what you have at hand than to go to the store and get what you need. It saves not only time and money but gas! 😉
From now on I will be making my very own chocolate syrup. My boys love chocolate milk so it will pay itself after 2 cups of goodness!