We love a good cuppa around here. If you, like me, tried the mega-corporation-that-shan't-be-named's pistachio latte in years past, you might have found yourself disappointed by the lack of nuttiness. After a good deal of putzing and testing of other peoples' recipes, I've mashed together a choose-your-nut recipe for a supremely nutty, sweet and delicious syrup. Use it in your coffee, espresso, cocoa, as a cake soak, to flavor whipped creams, or in place of a simple syrup in brandy or whiskey/bourbon based cocktails.
One note I want to hit on is the importance of chopping and toasting the nuts yourself! This will allow for the most flavor to be extracted from the nuts and gives you the most control over the end result.
Nutty Coffee Syrup
This highly flavored choose-your-own nut coffee syrup is delicious in coffee, cocoa and espresso, of course, but it's also great as a cake soak or in place of sugar/simple syrup in a cocktail.
I recommend using cashews, almonds, pistachios and/or macadamia nuts.
½ c. Brown Sugar
½ c. Granulated Sugar
1 c. Filtered Water
½ to 1 tsp Flaky Sea Salt
¼ c. Chopped and Toasted Nuts of choice (see note for how to toast nuts)
In a small saucepot over medium high heat, combine everything but the nuts. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
Once the sugar has dissolved, add in your chopped and toasted nuts. Bring the mixture to a boil, then remove from heat.
Allow syrup to sit and steep for 30 to 45 minutes before straining it into a jar with an air-tight lid.
Use immediately in serving sizes of roughly 1-2TBS, or store in the fridge for up to a couple weeks.
How to toast nuts:
1. Chop your raw nuts first. This creates more overall surface area, which means more of the nuts will toast, which results in more flavor than if you were to toast the nuts whole.
2. Pre-heat a dry sauté pan over med-hi heat. Once your pan is hot, add in your chopped nuts. Keep them moving around the pan with a spatula/spoon or by shaking the pan around for UP TO a few minutes, or until the nuts smell toasty. Do not over-cook, or your nuts will taste bitter.
3. Remove from heat and put into a separate container until you're using them! Leaving your nuts in the pan can overcook them.