Faking great balsamic vinegar

Peach cheesecake

It's hard to keep a good tip down on the internet. Here's a quick tip from Food52 - A Trick for Faking Fancy Balsamic, which, in turn, was adapted from  Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts by Alice Medrich. "Simmer two parts inexpensive balsamic vinegar with one part honey until the mixture is thickened and reduced by about half. Let cool." You can add more honey if you desire.

We've seen variations on this tip using either brown sugar or agave syrup. Essentially, you're sweetening and then thickening the vinegar. However, you do it, this is a particularly appropriate technique for dessert. And to provide some inspiration, here are 124 online recipes for desserts that use balsamic vinegar from the EYB library. 

Photo of Peach and Mascarpone Cheesecake with Balsamic Syrup in Bon Appétit, by Mark Thomas



  • sisterspat  on  8/5/2013 at 5:08 PM

    Trader Joe's has a very good balsamic glaze for $2.99, it is very useful for so many things and the price is right! I bought several so I would not run out.

  • FuzzyChef  on  8/6/2013 at 1:20 AM

    Good balsamic isn't that expensive, considering how long a bottle will last you if you're using it right. And cheap balsamic + honey won't takes anything like it. Might be tasty, but will definitely taste different

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