Posted by: briellethefirst | February 14, 2013

Pancake Syrup

I hate it when my brown sugar dries up!  But I never have to throw it away again…when the old apple-slices trick doesn’t work.  I’ll also never buy syrup again. A couple of friends were over for breakfast when I realized I was out of syrup. I remembered my Mom making-do when we ran out once, she just made some. She put some brown sugar in a saucepan, added some water, brought it to a boil and suddenly we had syrup.

If you want measures, start with 1/2 c brown sugar and 1/4 c water and experiment from there.

Bring it to a boil. Cool a bit and serve.

It should keep up to a week in the fridge, if you have leftovers. If you don’t want to keep it around (maybe you don’t know when you’ll need it any time soon) you can make some bonfire candy. Just bring the syrup back up to a boil and cook to the hard-ball or hard-crack stage. Put some water in a cup and drop a little in every so often until it forms a hard ball when you play with it with your fingers (slightly sticky toffee) or cracky-strings and a hard lump in the bottom (hard candy). Have a buttered cookie sheet ready. Let it cool a minute until it thickens a bit (it’ll cause VERY BAD BURNS at this point, so be careful!) and pour onto the cookie sheet. Use a butter knife to push it into a rough square as it cools and thickens a bit more, then before it hardens score into squares or diamonds by pushing the butter knife into it. Don’t drag or cut it or it’ll stick to the knife. When it cools enough to handle (a surprisingly short wait) scrape it off with a spatula or knife and break the pieces apart. Store in a candy tin lined with waxed paper.

Now I suppose I’ll have to write up some recipes to use syrup on…maybe pancakes, waffles, French toast and fritters. Sigh…the burdens of the creative life…Oh, and that apple trick with hard brown sugar? You quarter an apple, take out the seeds and put it in the container with the brown sugar overnight. It’s not perfect but at least it works. If you don’t have a few hours to wait you’ll just have to run out for more, and don’t leave the apple in too long or it’ll become a science experiment.




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