Saturday, February 25, 2012

Make It From Scratch - Pancake Syrup

In our quest to eliminate high fructose corn syrup from our diets, one problem we had was syrup.  Shawn likes real maple syrup best (although sadly I'm not a fan).  But, have you checked the price of that stuff?!  It's crazy expensive.....and totally not realistic when you have a family of 6 that might eat pancakes or french toast for breakfast.

We were thrilled when we found the Log Cabin Lite syrup - it says right on the bottle "NO HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP".  So we did stick with that for a while.  However, one of the kids in the family we swear survives only on waffles....which means we'd go through a bottle of syrup in less than a week.  It was almost $5 a bottle.  So I started wondering if there is a way to make this myself?

I found this recipe - and while it does contain corn syrup, I'm ok with that.  It helps it to be thicker and more "store bought-ish". 

So here we go:

1 1/2 Cups packed brown sugar
1/2 Cup sugar
1 1/2 Cups water
3/4 Cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon maple flavoring (you can find this by the extracts in the store)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon butter flavoring (you can find this by the extracts in the store)

First add the sugars, water, and corn syrup to a large saucepan.  Be sure to use one bigger than you think you might need because you're going to be boiling this for a little while and it needs some room for bubbling.

Now you will bring this mixture to a boil on high heat.  As soon as you have a really good boil, turn it down a little bit so that it's still boiling but not on high.  You will boil this for about 7-9 minutes.

After the boiling time is done, remove it from the heat and stir in the salt and flavorings.  Allow the syrup to cool for about 15 minutes before using it or you can let it cool completely and then you can transfer it to a storage container. 

And there you have it!  This makes about 3 cups of syrup (24oz - just like the bottle of Log Cabin I used to buy).  The kids love this and we all think it tastes way better than any store bought syrup could.  Try it - you just might like it!

Happy Cooking!


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