I love whipping up this easy vanilla syrup and drizzle it on everything from pancakes to ice cream, to fruit to bread pudding...even into soften butter to flavor it up. You can make your own cream soda or use it to sweeten your coffee. I am know to give it as a hostess gift as well. BUT my favorite was to enjoy this is right off the spoon...shhh! —SouffleBombay
Cut your vanilla beans in half - I like to then slice them open and scrape out all the seeds. If you prefer a more pure looking syrup, just halve the vanilla bean then slice down the middle, not scraping out the seeds.
Combine water, sugar and vanilla beans in a saucepan, stir well. Bring to a boil and boil for 4-5 minutes. Strain your syrup through a fine strainer. Cool, cover and let sit in the fridge for 3 hours to allow the flavors to mingle. Rewarm later for use over ice cream, pancakes etc or stir into club soda as mentioned above.