Thursday, August 13, 2009

Homemade Maple Syrup

I love finding recipes for things that are cheaper to make than buy. Plus, since we avoiding High Fructose Corn Syrup, it's hard to find a "real" syrup that is easier on the budget than real maple syrup. I saw this recipe at Full Bellies, Happy Kids and thought it looked easier than other recipes I had seen for Homemade Maple Syrup.

I bought a small bottle of maple extract a few months ago specifically for making homemade syrup, so this might be a bit of a an uncommon ingredient, but I love that by having that extract on hand, I can make syrup whenever I need it!

I made this syrup quickly on Sunday morning and it worked great! I let the syrup boil while I mixed up my pancake batter, then let it cool while I made the pancakes. It was great to have warm syrup! Next time I might boil it just a little longer than 1 minute since the syrup was on the thin side, but it had great flavor.

Homemade Maple Syrup

1-3/4 c white sugar

1/4 c brown sugar
1 c water

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. maple extract

Mix the white and brown sugar with the water, bring to a boil.
Cover and cook for about a minute. Add the vanilla and maple, mix well and let cool. This syrup does not need refrigeration.

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking  

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