I love maple syrup -- the real thing. There is no substitute for it. I just want to make that clear.. I'm not going to pretend that this is better than real maple syrup, because it isn't. As we've been (mostly) unemployed for almost 3 years now, real maple syrup just isn't something we can afford to buy. The normal grocery store alternatives are somewhat scary (so many artificial colors and flavors!) and still not cheap, considering they are just sugar! Surely we could make our own substitute that would taste good, and not have all those unpronounceable ingredients?!
The answer, is yes, you can, and it's SUPER easy to make! This recipe is based on one from Taste of Home, via allrecipes.com. It's easy, fast, and tastes good! Make sure to use real vanilla and maple flavoring for best results.
Homemade Buttery Pancake & Waffle Syrup
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon butter
In a medium sized saucepan, stir to combine the brown sugar, white sugar, water and corn syrup.
Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, and boil for 7-10 minutes or until slightly thickened.
Remove from the heat, and stir in maple flavoring, vanilla, and butter until blended.
Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving with pancakes, waffles, or french toast!
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