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Simple Maple Syrup
September 15, 2006

I usually buy the aunt jemima type table syrup for many of my housemates as they prefer it over real maple syrup...This is an excellent substitute and much healthier considering there is no crazy chemicals in it or additives! I use 3/4cup dark brown and 1cup white sugar and real vanilla extract (i dont like artificial flavorings). I let the water come to a boil in the pot, then add the sugars and simmer gently for about 5 mins. I check the consistency with a metal spoon and let it cool to see if it has the appropriate 'feeling' to it before removing it from the heat and adding a 1/4cup of honey and then transferring it to a glass jar. I keep mine in the fridge and have never had a problem with it crystalizing. I warm up the syrup before serving if it has been in the fridge and use it for waffles and pancakes. I will be experimenting with other types of extracts and using it for smoothies/ice cream etc... in the future. Will try with splenda as well. :) VERY cheap to make compared to storebought!

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