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
Stir together sugar, vanilla bean and seeds, and 1 1/2 cups water in a small saucepan.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar.
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.
Pour syrup through a medium-mesh sieve into a small bowl. Let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
Stir in Marsala, and set aside until ready to use.