In a perfect world we would all have unlimited access to all-natural maple syrup at our fingertips (or if you’re Aimée you’d tap your trees and make your own. Brilliance I tell you!). But in reality, for most of us, it’s just so darned expensive, especially if you live outside of Canada or the US. It’s no secret that maple syrup is my favourite processed sugar alternative, but I know it’s not always possible to be as carefree with it as I tend to be (I’m Canadian, I practically bleed maple syrup). So today I’m sharing my go-to homemade syrup that replaces the butter flavoured stuff from the store. It’s not meant to be a maple syrup substitute so don’t go substituting it for maple syrup in recipes (that would kind of ruin the point ;)).
This syrup is just as delicious as Aunt Jemima’s but the ingredient list is a lot shorter. I always think it’s a good idea to make these kinds of things at home so you can see just how much sugar goes into it – it makes you more mindful when you get to pouring it over your pancakes. Syrup will never be healthy but you can make it just as flavourful and a lot more healthfully (i.e. less processed) at home. Plus it’s quick and simple, and pretty cheap to boot.
It’s the weekend. Go forth. Make pancakes. Make syrup. And, enjoy!
Butter Flavoured Pancake Syrup
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon pure maple extract
Place sugar, water and honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil one minute. Remove from heat, stir in butter, vanilla and maple extract until butter is melted. Serve immediately or cool (syrup will thicken as it cools). Store, covered, in the fridge.
Makes: 3/4-1 cup