If you are looking for a quick and easy homemade golden syrup recipe, this is the recipe for you!
I am sharing on this page, my true and tried golden syrup recipe that is not only easy to make but also super delicious.
There are many dessert recipes out there that call for the use of golden syrup. While you can find golden syrup in most groceries or baking supplies stores, its never the same as making your own golden syrup. One thing for sure, you save quite a bit of money by making your own, and not to forget the freshness and exclusiveness of it being made at home, with all the TLC.
I do not quite know why golden syrup is called as such, but I believe it could be from its color. The syrup has a deep gold hue to it (or amber), similar to honey and maple syrup. While all three might look the same, the difference is definitely noticeable in the taste. Honey has a more intense taste while maple syrup is normally a little lighter. The golden syrup on the other hand has a slightly caramelized and tangy taste to it.
Here is my video on how to make your own homemade golden syrup:
There are only 3 ingredients required to make golden syrup - white sugar, water and lemon. The proportion of white sugar to water is 2:1 which means for every one part water, you need to add 2 parts of sugar. As for the lemon, a thin slice is sufficient for a reasonably large batch of syrup, unless of course you prefer the syrup to have a more intense lemon taste to it. The purpose of adding the lemon is not so much for the taste but more for preventing the sugar from crystallizing. So you get the idea. I have come across recipes that require lemon juice to be added into the syrup but I find popping a slice of lemon in is all that is needed for perfect homemade golden syrup.
You can make golden syrup in 2 different methods:
I have also come across a few recipes which require absolutely no stirring during the caramelizing process to prevent sugar crystallization. I always stir mine (though not too often) and have never had the problem of crystallization, which I believe is solved by adding a lemon slice into the syrup.
Sugar caramelization can be a bit tricky. Once the sugar starts to brown, it can really happen very quickly. At one point, you will have a very light golden syrup, and the next minute, you can end up with overly darkened syrup. The key is too keep the fire very low and keep watching the syrup.
If you have never made golden syrup, deciding when to remove the syrup from heat can be a bit tricky. This is because the syrup is very runny when its hot and get pretty thick once it reaches room temperature. So, if you keep your syrup on the heat until it thickens to honey-like consistency, you will end up with hard candy once it has cooled down.
There are 2 ways in which you can check for if the syrup is done.
If, after the syrup has cooled down to room temperature and is still a bit too runny, you can always return it to the heat and let it thicken for a few minutes.
On the other hand, if you find that your syrup is over cooked that it has turned too thick, you can always add a little boiling water to it and re boil the syrup. As soon as syrup starts to boil, remove it from the heat and let it cool.
Here is the full printable version of my homemade golden syrup recipe:
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