Hopefully you know that you can’t 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 won’t make much at all.
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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 don’t 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 don’t have any brown sugar, you can use all granulated or white sugar, but it won’t 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 doesn’t 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 it’s 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 don’t like the taste of real maple syrup, but want something that isn’t full of corn syrup, which is what you will get in the store. It is cheaper especially considering that it’s homemade. Best of all, isn’t homemade always better?
Written by Samantha Asher.