In my Pancake Sausage Muffin post I urged you all to not by syrup unless it is real maple syrup because store bought syrups are essentially poison. Seriously, read the label. Real maple syrup is full of nutrients your body needs and even the sugar make up is not nearly as problematic for your body as other sugars.
But, if you don't want to pay something like $50 a gallon for maple syrup then make your own syrup. No pictures here in this post but making homemade syrup is super easy.
Here is what you need:
1 cup water
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Put the water in a pan over medium heat. Add both white and brown sugar. Stir. Bring to a boil then turn down heat to get a nice simmer. Continue to stir until you get a thick syrup. If you have a candy thermometer cook the syrup to about 225 degrees.
Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Some people like to add both vanilla extract and maple flavoring (1/2 teaspoon of each).
You can use the syrup hot right away on your pancakes or waffles. Once cool store in a jar in the refrigerator.
This recipe doubles and triples nicely so make as much as you will need for the next couple of weeks.
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