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Making pancake syrup at home is so easy, I don't understand why everyone doesn't do it. Why would you BUY syrup, when you can make your own for half the price or less?
My mother always made syrup for our pancakes and waffles when I was growing up. I don't recall ever seeing Aunt Jemima or Mrs. Butterworth's or any other store bought brand of syrup in our house. Today I still make my own syrup for pancakes and waffles. It's too easy and to inexpensive to go any other way.
Here's how it's done...
1 - In a medium sauce pan put 1-1/2 cups of packed brown sugar, 1-1/2 cups of white sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1 cup of water.
2 - Place sauce pan on the stove on medium high heat, until it begins to simmer.
OPTIONAL - while simmering, you can add 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon of maple flavoring. This may not be quite as good as REAL maple syrup, but it's a close second, and it's every bit as good (and many cases far better) than any brand of commercial syrup you buy at the grocery store. This is not really an option at my house...We add maple flavor every time
3 - Continue simmering for 3-5 more minutes (until all the sugar is dissolved).
4 - Remove from heat.
I have always been told that you shouldn't stir your syrup while it's simmering. Supposedly it will make it form sugar crystals more quickly if you refrigerate it.
I've tried some experiments and have found that stirring allows the sugar to dissolve more quickly, which means there's less time to boil and as a result less splatter on your stove - meaning less mess to clean up.
As far it sugaring back when refrigerated...well syrup doesn't normally last long enough at our house for that to become an issue. And the few times that it does last, I've never been able to tell the difference in how fast is reverts to sugar.
That's it! You've made syrup.
Pour over fresh hot pancakes or waffles and enjoy!
Home made syrup for pancakes and waffles is quick, easy and inexpensive to make. It keeps well when refrigerated. Why not give it a try. Once you've tried it you'll probably never BUY syrup at the store again! Making your own syrup is one more tool in your arsenal of self sufficiency skills.