Sunday, January 25, 2009

Homemade Maple Syrup

Homemade Maple SyrupI hesitate to publish such a simple recipe--it doesn't take a genius to make this stuff--but I get regular comments from people saying, "You make your own syrup???" in the same tone as if they'd seen me knitting a sleeping bag.

All you have to do is get the maple flavoring, which should be carried in the spice section of the grocery store, and you're on your way to pancakey goodness.

If you're interested in cutting pennies here and there making your own syrup not only tastes better it saves money. Ditto for homemade pancakes (I'm throwing that recipe in at the bottom for good measure).

2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring such as Mapleleine

Put all the ingredients into a small saucepan on the stove and bring to a boil. Let it cool slightly and serve. Just don't let it boil over onto your stove, that's an unholy mess for sure!

for pancakes:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Mix all the ingredients together and whisk them until nearly all the lumps are gone (but leave a few, that's not a bad thing to have a lump or two in your batter). Then pour on greased skillet and cook just as you would expect to do for pancakes.

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50 comments:

Sage said...

And I always thought that maple syrup involved a lot of snow, maple trees and sap... goes to prove how little I know.

Wonder if I can source mapleine over here in the UK?

I don't suppose you also know of a recipe for maple butter do you? I managed to get a jar once and was absolutely delicious with mince pies.. never been seen on these shores since then.

Michemily said...

My mom always made our syrup too, which makes me now hate the store-bought stuff, so I make it. I remember hearing that her sister told her new hubby that she had the best recipe for maple syrup. Then he showed her that the recipe is right on the maple extract bottle. Ha ha.

Becky said...

Love your ingenuity ... but I live in New England, where real maple syrup is always available (maybe it isn't in Alaska?) I tried buying maple "flavored" syrup in the grocery store to save money, and my husband said, "Life is too short to buy fake maple syrup," thus creating our own slogan for splurging on certain things that make us happy!

Lucy said...

I've made that for years. And you're right...it's so simple and so much better that the bought syrup. Thanks.

planetnomad said...

Sigh..that is our life, because you can buy real maple syrup here in Morocco, but it costs about $15 for a teeny tiny little jar.

That syrup recipe works for other things too. For a great ice-cream topping, boil little chunks of peeled ginger root in it until the ginger is cooked through...YUMMY. Or if you can't get maple flavouring (welcome to my world; we have to bring it), you can make vanilla syrup that is almost, but not really, as good.

Mom24 said...

I've never thought of making my own syrup. Thanks for the idea. Do you know if it keeps forever like the store bought, also, can it stay in the pantry or does it need to be refrigerated? I can't wait to try this. Thanks again.

Danielle said...

My mom always made homemade syrup, and I keep telling myself that I should too. Thanks for all the great recipes...things are always better when made from scratch!

Janel said...

As a transplanted New Englander, all I can say is bah humbug. :p lol

My mom made this same recipe when I was growning up in Pennsylvania. It's what we ate. Then I married a New Englander and moved to New England where they ONLY ate REAL maple syrup and anything else is blasphemy.

My inlaws moved to Virginia four years ago. My FIL won't eat the maple syrup they can get down there. He buys it up here and gets it shipped down. This is the same man that makes typically frugal people look frivilous by comparison...

My girlfriend's father, who was from New Hampshire and moved to North Dakota before she was born, did the same thing. Wierd huh?

Call it syrup, call it pancake syrup, but don't ever call it MAPLE syrup, cuz it just ain't. And besides, you're likely to cause rioting in the streets. ;)

Heather said...

We had pancakes this morning for breakfast and I thought I was going to have to make some more syrup when we almost ran out. I've never made it before, but when I do, I'll be sure to try this recipe out. Thanks for sharing!

PS- syrup reminds me of "Buddy the Elf."

Fawn said...

I'm such a spoilsport, but nothing can ever take the place of real maple syrup! I'm sure yours tastes better than the corn-syrup-based store-bought ones. But no way, no how can it be better than the real stuff! ;)

My family actually made real birch syrup before, which is even harder than maple syrup because there's less sugar in the sugar water from the tree. When you started to say that you were posting a simple recipe, I thought, "You've got to be kidding me!" Simple, yes, but days and days of boiling sugar water isn't easy.

The recipe makes me think, though, that I could make basic syrup and flavour it with any number of extracts -- hello, dessert just got so much more versatile! :)

Miriam said...

Boy, did this bring back the memories of dad making syrup on the stove top while mom cooked up pancakes...back in Klawock in the '70s!

Anonymous said...

I've seen you make jam with real fruit...would you actually consider using "fruit flavored syrup" to make that? For the same reason, I'll stick with the real syrup from the maple tree available right at my local Costco.

Melissa said...

Didn't know that you could get maple extract. I'll have to check this out!

Carrie said...

Wow- thanks for sharing this- I had no idea it would be so simple!

Tiffany said...

I read this to my husband and he got more excited than I did. Now we gotta go make pancakes with homemade syrup. Oh man, I gotta get some mapeltine.

SarahHub said...

Really? I had no idea! I always thought I'd have to boil sap or something! Thanks for sharing!

thepipers said...

How well does it keep in the fridge? What kind of shelf life can I expect? I'm really eager to try this and avoid all the high fructose corn syrup in all the store brands!

luckyzmom said...

Most people are not aware that almost all of the pancake syrups on the grocery shelves have no maple syrup in them at all.

I just realized you are Etsy! Our daughter requested a clutch from Etsy for Christmas (white with a bird on it). My husband ordered it and I just now made the connection. It arrived and I didn't even open the box. I wrapped in Christmas wrap and sent it off to our daughter at the same time as we sent a big box for our grandkids and her husband. It snowed in the Seattle area where she lives and messed everything up. The big box didn't arrive until the Friday the week after Christmas, though we sent it in plenty of time. The clutch was in limbo for another week and a half. For awhile my daughter thought I was kidding when I told her we would get the clutch for her if she acted surprised. Which is something we've done alot in her life, because like me, she is Picky with a capital P. When it finally arrived she was elated and showed it to me on video cam. It is georgeous. And I am just amazed that I am just now realizing that you are Etsy!!

I guess this should have been an email.

Laurel Nelson said...

My mom used to make maple syrup too!

Randy and Ally said...

The GOOP newsletter about a month ago had a delicious recipe for buckwheat banana pancakes that goes great with that syrup recipe (I'm a west coaster who grew up on the homemade stuff too). You should check it out!

http://goop.com/newsletter/5

Amy @ Experience Imagination said...

Never made maple syrup (we also subscribe to the "life is too short for fake maple syrup" theory), but I've made it with vanilla. My husband adored it.

We make chocolate pancakes a couple of days ago. Thanks for the reminder that I need to put that recipe up.

Amber M. said...

My dad always made our syrup growing up, too, and it is exactly your recipe, plus a tablespoon of brown sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla. Yummy. And so much better warm off the stove.

Diane said...

You're knitting a sleeping bag??


Yes, I am kidding, but thanks for the recipe. I just bought some 'real' stuff this week and it's just way too expensive considering how the kids lather it on their pancakes.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

We make our own syrup here too. It is so much more economical. And we have started to experiment and have some up with some pretty fancy syrups.

Darcy said...

Thank you for the easy maple syrup recipe. I am going to try it!

Marne said...

One thing I do to make the syrup thicker is add 1 cup corn syrup and just use 1 cup white sugar. OTherwise I use the same recipe.

Anonymous said...

yep, thats how I make syrup. There is a recipe on the box.

Kate said...

That is the recipe that I have used for years on maple syrup. I also make my pancakes or waffles but use wheat instead of white flour. Great blog and very interesting.

Amy said...

That is the same recipe we use and everyone gave me such a hard time that it wasn't true maple syrup on my blog. Many of us don't buy the real deal though to save money and that homemade version is a fabulous substitute.

Babystepper said...

This is the same recipe my maternal grandmother used to use. She would make a pot of it and put the pot out on the table with a ladle.

When my father first had breakfast with my mother's family, he spooned the dark liquid in the pot in front of him all over his pancakes. He then realized that her whole family was looking at him amazed.

It was tea.

Scribbit said...

Nope, it doesn't need to be refrigerated because it'll keep forever. Or until it crystalizes.

Daisy said...

I know friends who actually tap trees in town to make their own maple syrup. The cemetery down the road lets the schoolkids come in and tap their trees to learn about it.

melinda said...

"kniting a sleeping bag" ROFL!

Deanna said...

I have "always" made our syrup. It's one of those things that Mom did, so I do too. Our recipe is so simple because I don't have to think at all :) Equal parts brown sugar, white sugar and water with a dash of mapeliene. If I'm feeling extravagant I throw in an equal part of corn syrup.

My kids are 13 and 14 and I've only recently put the syrup on the table. Kept the syrup next to the stove for me to put on when I handed them their plate. Plate's full of leftover syrup would not be happening in our house.

Mary@notbefore7 said...

You have got to be kidding.

Are you a fly on the wall in my house? I was in my kitchen TODAY complaining to a friend about the cost of maple syrup since I stopped using that yuck stuff they make calling it "maple syrup"...

You have made my day - and so simply! :) Thanks for stepping out with such an easy recipe for someone like me who doesn't know any better.

Janet said...

I'll have to try this. We buy the all natural maple syrup and that stuff is expensive.

Ally said...

This is the only syrup my husband will eat. His mother made it while he was growing up and now he's a little spoiled. It's not my favorite, but I've found if you add a little butter it tastes like Mrs. Butterworths!!

Flea said...

You knit your own sleeping bags? How cool is that?!?

Becky said...

I don't cook, but my husband makes our family's maple syrup and it always leaves me in awe. I often don't realize that stuff on store shelves was first in old-fashioned kitchens. And I've even read Little House in the Big Woods! Many times!

sarah said...

No way! That is too easy. Love it! Thank you for sharing so many cool ideas.

Keep warm up there! It is finally snowing here.

Kimberly said...

What a great idea! I imagine this maple syrup tastes much better than Mrs. Butterworth's etc., which I can't abide. I live in New England, so it's true the real thing is always available, but it's *expensive*! Thanks for sharing.

Kim @ Zoe Foods

Stephanie said...

I never realized that making syrup was so easy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

I prefer making things homemade as opposed to buying the store-bought stuff anyway...I like to know exactly what is in my food.

thediaperdiaries said...

Darn it!! Where were you 2 weeks ago when my kids were begging for waffles and I had no syrup. They were screaming and I had NOTHIN!!

BlapherMJ said...

My mother is from Upstate New York and used to make maple syrup for us when we were growing up!

Rebz said...

Hey there-
That is a fine stand in for the real thing, I'm sure. But if you are interested in actually making pure homemade Maple Syrup, follow the link below to see how to do it in your own kitchen.
XOXO
Joce
http://jubbyplace.blogspot.com/2008/02/happy-thursday-morning-to-you-thing.html#links

Pamela said...

This is not maple syrup. This is maple-flavored syrup. There is a vast difference between the two. Probably as vast as the difference in cost between your recipe and purchasing actual maple syrup in Alaska, though, so all of you outside of the Maple Syrup Belt really can't be blamed for making it.

As for me and my house? We will celebrate the sugar maple tree and all of its sappy goodness.

alotalot said...

My mom used to do this. My husband, who grew up in Ontario, was horrified the first time she served it to him. Fake syrup is a major sin in his mind.

AlaneM said...

I have to say that the real thing is to die for but I'm with you Michelle, too much money for my pocketbook! I've been using this same recipe for years & love it - soooo cheap & tastes far superior.
I made a fabuloud discovery a couple of months ago - in the middle of making the syrup I found I had run out of maple flavoring. I scrambled for an alternative & ended up throwing in a cinnamon stick with a smidge of vanilla & ZOWIE it was good!

Anonymous said...

How do you store the left over syrup? Is there any way to bottle and shelf the syrup without it crystalizing or molding?

Scribbit said...

I haven't ever had it mold though it does crystallize if you don't use it. We tend to go through it pretty fast so it's not really a problem though you can always reheat it to dissolve the crystals. It doesn't need to be refrigerated though I find if it is it is slower to crystallize.