Real maple syrup is delicious. but at $8 to $10 a pint, it just isn't feasible to buy on my food budget sometimes. Especially with the way my gang devours the stuff. This simple homemade version is easy to make, and only uses 3 ingredients. That's loads better then what you'll find in store-bought imitation syrup.
For a frugal and inexpensive alternative, this homemade syrup cant be beat.
1 cup water
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
Add sugar and cook, stirring continually, until sugar has dissolved completely and begins to thicken slightly. (About 3 minutes)
Remove from heat and stir in maple flavoring.
Syrup will thicken as it cools.
Store covered in the refrigerator.
*Cooks notes: No maple flavoring? Use vanilla instead. It won't taste like maple syrup, but it is still really good. I used vanilla instead of maple flavoring in the photo above.
For a richer flavored syrup, substitute one cup of brown sugar, for one of the cups of granulated sugar.
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