sticky & sweet

January 5, 2007 at 10:42 am | Posted in cooking, family, recipes | 1 Comment

have you ever made your own maple syrup?

my dad made delicious pancakes so many saturday mornings throughout my childhood and youth, and my dear mom would always make the syrup to go with them.  she would pour it steaming hot into this old, warped tupperware container (probably supposed to be for salad dressings or the like) with a little spout on the lid…boy, i couldn’t wait to get my hands on that!  i always thought it was so neat that she MADE the syrup; as i got older, i of course was interested in learning how to do it, as well.  who would’ve thought it was so easy?  (but i still can’t manage to make it taste “just like mom’s.”)

Pour 1 c. BOILING water over 1 c. sugar and 1 c. (packed) brown sugar.  Add 1 tsp (or so) of maple flavoring and stir until your arm almost falls off.  :)

doug made breakfast for dinner the other night (at my request–my favourite!!), and after he whipped up some scrumptious cakes–including throwing in nutmeg, among other things!–i made some syrup to go with them.  he has always said he doesn’t like the homemade syrup, but he did this time!  i think it helped that after stirring (a LONG time), i put the bowl in the microwave for a few minutes…it really helped to dissolve the sugar a little more.

what about you?  have you ever made your own maple syrup?  :)

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  1. I definitely haven’t, but I might give it a try. As weird as it sounds, I’ve always preferred the bottled kind over the real thing! I know; it’s ridiculous.

    I, too, love breakfast for dinner. :)


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