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Friday, October 1, 2010

Homemade Syrup

In a pinch and discovered you've run out of syrup, right before you start to make pancakes for breakfast? No problem, you can make your own!


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.

Homemade Syrup


Ingredients

1 cup water
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring

Directions

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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