Friday, April 29, 2011


Making your own pancake syrup is a super easy way to save some $, especially if your family loves pancakes and waffles as much as mine! There are a lot of variations of homemade syrup out there, but this recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe is one of my favorites. I only made 1/4 of her recipe because it makes a lot more than we would use in the near future. It may seem real runny at first, but don't fret, it will thicken as it cools!

Total Cost (guesstimate): under $ .30

makes about 2 1/2 Cups (to make a big batch like Mel does, quadruple this recipe)

2 C. white sugar
1/4 C. brown sugar
1/8 C. honey
1 C. water
1/2 tsp. maple extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

In a large pot, combine the sugars, honey and water. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat to low so the mixture gently simmers. Cover the pot and simmer the mixture for 15 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool for 10-20 minutes before stirring in the maple and vanilla extracts. Let the syrup cool in the pot for another 20 minutes, or so, stirring occasionally, before filling jars/containers. Once the containers are filled, let them cool to room temperature uncovered.
Store covered in jars or other containers in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to 2 months in the refrigerator. Gently reheat before serving, if desired.


heidi said...

I love your frugal Fridays! I am having a hard time finding maple extract at my local grocery store. Do you think I could find it in a health food store?

Kelli said...

Thanks for the comment. That's interesting that you can't find it. I have seen it in most grocery stores right around where you find all the other extracts such as vanilla. Maybe some stores only carry an imitation called "Mapeline" instead of the real extract. I'm not sure a health food store would have it, but if you live near a Walmart, try there! Good luck!