Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Works-for-me Wednesday

Homemade Syrup

Homemade syrup is a treat I remember from having pancakes and waffles at my grandparents' house growing up. It's super easy to make, and is really convenient because a small bottle of maple flavor lasts a really, really long time, so there are fewer "Oops-we're-out-of-syrup" mornings because we always have some on hand. I just use the recipe on the side of the box of maple:

"Dissolve 2 cups of white (or brown) sugar in 1 cup of water and boil 1 minute. Cool and add 1/2 tsp. maple."

I always just put the sugar in the saucepan with the water and let it dissolve as it heats up, and I add the maple while it it still warm. You may also add 1/4 tsp. vanilla to make it extra yummy.

It's a bit thinner than storebought syrup, but tastes so much better. (It does thicken slightly when stored. I store mine in the refrigerator and warm slightly in the microwave before serving.) I bought a syrup dispenser at Walmart and, voila! The perfect syrup, whether we're having quick, frozen waffles or Texas-sized pancakes.

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Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Shalee said...

We are about to be out of syrup and I am going to try this recipe. We go through syrup like there won't be any tomorrow...

Larae said...

Yummy! Thanks for sharing =)

The Lazy Organizer said...

We make our own syrup too. I can't believe people actually pay for it at the store! Unless it's the real stuff that is.

I just put the sugar and water in the microwave for 5 minutes. The longer you cook it, the thicker it gets. Or just adding 1/2 more sugar will thicken it up.

MC said...

Cyndi---I have always made a version of this syrup----grew up with it in my childhood home.
We use brown sugar, and don't add the maple flavoring----just brown sugar and water---let it cook down a little more if you want it thicker. Delicious. Mary Carol McDurham