our family LOVES breakfast, as you all know. we used to go through way to many bottles of syrup. every time i turned around, it was time to buy a new $4 or more bottle. i decided to come up with a homemade recipe which i knew would save us a ton of money, plus i would know each and every ingredient in the bottle. it was a little bit of a progress, but i finally got it just right. once i started making my own syrup and saw how easy it was, i had to giggle to myself. syrups are very versatile since there are so many different flavors of extracts to play around with. even maple extract (kinda pricey, though) for maple syrup. but do me a favor, please. promise me you will try not to drink it from the bottle, okay?
- 3 cups white sugar -
- 1 1/2 cup brown sugar -
- 2 cups water -
- 3 tablespoons dark cornsyrup -
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract -
- in a medium sized pan, combine the sugars, water and cornsyrup over medium heat.
- continue stirring until the sugar is dissolved. keeping a careful eye, bring the mixture to a boil, being careful not to allow the mixture to boil over. bring the temperature down to medium low allow the mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes. remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
- if you serve this syrup right after it is finished cooking, it will be thin. i make my syrup ahead of time to allow to syrup to thicken. i find that the longer it cools, the thicker it will get. so i usually leave it on a rear burner on my stove after it is finished cooking until it is completely cool. then i pour it into an airtight dish or an old syrup bottle.
i choose 'vanilla' syrup to make often because it is one of the most inexpensive extracts. play around with different flavors like maple or even butter pecan.