Golden Syrup

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Golden Syrup
Lyle's Golden Syrup

Golden Syrup is a British thing; in the US, substitute golden syrup for corn syrup. Golden syrup is a pale yellow, thick but runny syrup. It is really sweet, but has a very clean taste - it's about 40% sweeter than normal sugar.

Golden syrup is used for biscuits and cakes, plus for the treacle in traditional British puddings like treacle sponge. If adding to your cakes, only a spoonful or two will give you that deep, toffee taste, so don't overdo it.

Further reading

  • Christian, G. (2005) Real Flavours: the handbook of gourmet & deli ingredients, Grub Street. ISBN 1904943209.
  • Stobart, T. (1981) The Cook's Encyclopedia: ingredients & processes, Harper & Row. ISBN 0060141271.