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Simple Maple Syrup
September 15, 2007

Fan-freakin-tastic!!! I'm currently living overseas and the country I live in doesn't use maple syrup, despite the fact that they sell real American pancake mix, go figure. Recently we wanted pancakes, so I prayed to the culinary gods in hopes of finding a recipe on here and was soooo happy to find this. The only downside was it's need for maple extract (yep, can't get that either!) so I thought maybe using vanilla would be okay, but I was still worried. I was THRILLED to see so many others saying they used vanilla instead! Indeed, using the vanilla was great! I used 1 cup of white sugar and 1 cup of light brown sugar (didn't have any dark brown sugar) and I also added about 2 teaspoons of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of real butter. Yes, it's true; the end result will not lead to a thick syrupy texture that many are used to, but I don't know of many normal people who drink the left over syrup off their plates anyway. I cannot thank you enough for this recipe, it's allowed me to hang on to a few of my comforting American foods.

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