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Vanilla Syrup

Make this for our Panna Cotta.

  • Yield: Makes about 1/2 cup
Vanilla Syrup

Photography: Christopher Baker

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2006


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved
  • 2 teaspoons Marsala wine


  1. Stir together sugar, vanilla bean and seeds, and 1 1/2 cups water in a small saucepan.

  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar.

  3. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until mixture has reduced to about 1/2 cup and has the consistency of a thin syrup, 25 to 30 minutes.

  4. Pour syrup through a medium-mesh sieve into a small bowl. Let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.

  5. Stir in Marsala, and set aside until ready to use.

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