How to Make Homemade Pancake Syrup
Hopefully you know that you canít make homemade maple syrup
unless you several maple trees, the right equipment, and a lot of
time. Even then, with just a few trees, you wonít make much at
If you are still looking for a more homemade taste for your
pancake and waffle syrup, you can make the artificial stuff from
scratch. This is also good if you ran out of syrup but have the
other ingredients and donít feel like driving out to the store or
if you want to know exactly what is going into your food and not
a bunch of preservatives.
First you will need a saucepan and wooden spoons as well as the
following ingredients and amounts: one cup of granulated sugar,
one cup of brown sugar, one cup of water, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
extract and 1/4 teaspoon of maple extract. If you donít have any
brown sugar, you can use all granulated or white sugar, but it
wonít be as dark and rich. You could even experiment with dark
brown sugar if you would like.
Next, mix the water and both the sugars in the saucepan. Place it
on the stove on medium high and bring it to a boil. Let it simmer
for about 10 to 15 minutes or until it is thick enough for your
liking. I prefer it to be nice and thick so that it doesnít soak
into my pancakes or French toast so easily and make it soggy. A
thinner syrup will resemble more the consistency of real maple
syrup. Test it out for the best way that you like.
You can either use your maple syrup immediately or store it in
the refrigerator. Use an old syrup container, jar, or squeeze top
water bottle to store your syrup. If you want thicker syrup, you
can use more sugar or less water and you can double or triple the
recipe if you would like. You can store the syrup in the
refrigerator for weeks and if it hardens up just put it in the
microwave for a little until itís to the consistency you like.
Warm syrup always tastes good, too. If you like butter-flavored
syrup, you can also add a couple tablespoons of butter to your
syrup, or just butter your pancakes, waffles, or French toast.
Why should you make your own syrup? Some people donít like the
taste of real maple syrup, but want something that isnít full of
corn syrup, which is what you will get in the store. It is
cheaper especially considering that itís homemade. Best of all,
isnít homemade always better?
Written by Samantha Asher.
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