Everyone loves those fancy coffee syrups that you get at the home goods store. Coffee accouterments sold next to contemporary office furniture make them feel upscale and elegant. Chestnut Praline might be the most popular syrup flavor along with chocolate and vanilla.
Making your own flavored syrups at home is super simple. All it takes is some sugar, water, and flavorings before you have a sweet, thick, and sticky syrup just waiting to be mixed into your morning coffee. You can control how sweet, tart, and flavorful the syrup is from the comfort of your kitchen.
This recipe for homemade Chestnut Praline Syrup is quite possibly the best syrup you can make at home. It has a nutty and sweet aroma that displays the warmth and comfort of roasted chestnuts and pecans. This syrup isn’t just for coffee, either. It goes so well with breakfast foods, tea, and a variety of baked goods.
Making syrup at home could not be easier. It’s just a matter of assembling the ingredients and melting them all together. Chestnut Praline Syrup has only 2 minutes of active cooking time and most ingredients you may have in the pantry already. Plus, there are only 6 ingredients total!
To start the syrup, chop your nuts. The nuts will be suspended within the syrup and add crunch, but you can strain them out before jarring if you like. If you leave them in the syrup, they will release more nutty flavor into the syrup the longer it sits. Plus, the texture of having nut pieces inside gives the syrup a homemade flavor and texture.
Then, add the corn syrup, sugar, and water into a saucepan. Allow the sugars to melt and the mixture to come to a bubble. Next, you can add the nuts and allow them to toast slightly in the sugary mixture. You will smell the nuts as they toast, filling your house with a fabulous aroma. Off the heat, add the vanilla so that it does not burn off from the cooking process.
When the syrup is done, add it to mason jars. You can either seal the jars in a boiling water bath or you can just simply store them without sealing. Without a seal, the syrup will last about 3 weeks in the fridge. If you seal them, they will last 2-3 months before reopening.
Serve as you would any flavored syrup. If you leave the nuts in and do not want pieces of nut in your coffee, just strain the syrup as you add to your morning joe.
Using dark brown sugar and dark corn syrup gives a deeper and richer flavor to the syrup. If you have light brown sugar or light corn syrup, those can be substituted, however, the flavor will not be as rich. Also, the color of the final syrup will not be as dark.
This Chestnut Praline Syrup will be your new favorite coffee add-in. You’ll be surprised at how delicious it is over pancakes, waffles, and French toast. It will be your new go-to syrup recipe!
Lightly chop your pecans and chestnuts until they are smaller in size but not too fine.
To a saucepan, add the dark corn syrup, dark brown sugar, and water. Turn the heat to medium and bring to a boil for 1 minute.
Stir in the nuts and allow to bubble for 1 more minute.
Remove from the heat and add the vanilla.
Store the syrup in mason jars with lids. You can strain the nuts from the syrup or leave them whole. As they sit in the syrup, they will infuse more and more flavor. This syrup can keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
If you wish to seal the syrup in the jars, leave ¼-inch headspace at the top of the jar. Add caps and process in a 10 minute boiling water bath.