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May 22, 2007 07:22 PM

Lyle's Golden Syrup

I read about golden syrup in "Caramel" by Trish Deseine, and I've seen Nigella Lawson use it on the Food Network. What does it taste like and can I find it in the States (preferably California)?

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  1. It tastes like sugar that's cooked to medium caramel stage. It comes either in the classic metal can, a glass jar, and now, a plastic pourable bottle. The pourable version is thinner in viscosity; it's much like honey in its consistency. The can and jar versions are much more viscous; it's thick enough that you can stand a spoon up in it.

    As far as where to get it locally, you should ask on your home board, that's the site protocol. SF Bay area? LA region? If elsewhere in the state, then the CA board. Welcome to the site.

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      When I grew up in UK 30 yrs ago, this is what we used for flapjacks and steamed puddings. I think it tastes like thick cane syrup -very sweet and thick. We would dilute it with water and butter to create syrup for pancakes and french toast. We also made toffee from it...I live in L.A. and have seen it at Ralphs, Gelsons, Cost Plus, and various British Tuck Shops around the region.

    2. It's like corn syrup in use, but is significantly less sweet. I have a pecan pie recipe that uses it for the filling, and it is pretty wonderful stuff; My mom likes it on toast with a little butter.

      I am pretty sure I bought it at either the local grocery store, or Whole Foods.

      1. I love this stuff, and its unique taste can't be described to do it justice. I've seen it at the Cost Plus stores in Mt. View and Santa Clara.

        1. I've seen it at either Berkeley Bowl or Rockridge Market Hall in north Oakland--SF Bay Area.

          I've seen it used in some recipes where I'd expect corn syrup, supposed to be very good though some adjustments may be required.

          1. I think more and more places are carrying this - including Whole Foods. I first bought it online when I wanted to make ANZAC biscuits (cookies) after trying them at a local antique store. Now I find it in regular supermarkets here on the East Coast without a problem.