Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Make Your Own Syrup

There is nothing on a cold morning like a hot breakfast. Take pancakes or waffles-so good. You can feed a whole crowd on not a lot of money and they are filling, too.

Over the Christmas holidays while our youngest daughter was home from college I made whole wheat pancakes and on Christmas morning we had french toast made from banana bread-delish!

I remember a couple of years ago my daughter asked if we could make some pancakes or waffles for breakfast and I realized we were out of syrup. I then remembered that I had recently found a recipe for making my own syrup. I got my recipe binder out for sauces, found the recipe and got to work. It was just a matter of throwing some ingredients into a saucepan, heating them up, and you're set. We found out that we like this new recipe for syrup than what we used to buy.

Make Your Own Syrup

3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
3 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons butter flavoring (optional)
1 teaspoon maple flavoring

Bring all the ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Turn off the burner but leave the saucepan on it until the bubbling stops (you don't want to get burned!)

It is then ready to use if you like your syrup warmed, which I do. It will thicken a little as it cools. I keep mine in glass jars in the refrigerator.


Rhonda said...

Hi Darcy
would you believe that I made a new batch of syrup today too?
I used to make it because it was cheaper, now I do it because it just tastes better.
I use maple, vanilla and butter extracts but my syrup part is a little different with white and brown sugar and corn syrup.

DarcyLee said...

We like it better, too, Rhonda. One of my married daughters had some, loved it, and couldn't believe that it was something I had made myself. She thought it was a new kind of syrup from the store.

Val said...

Have you ever tried to make fruit syrups? I used to love strawberry syrup as a child, and have a hard time finding it now. I've thought of making some of my own, but haven't tried yet.

DarcyLee said...

Val-I've never made my own fruit syrup but would love to try. When you make it I hope you share the recipe :)