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MYO Maple Syrup

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While we prefer REAL old-fashioned maple syrup like we used to get as kids when we grew up in New England, not everyone has multiple Maple trees in their yard or time to boil sap into syrup for 20+ hours!

So here’s our favorite recipe for creating your own inexpensive maple-flavored syrup to replace the expensive corn syrup laden store-bought version. . .

As kids growing up in Maine, we couldn’t wait for the slight “spring” thaw to hit so we could help tap the maple trees. Warm days and cold nights made the sap flow freely and nothing was so sweet as that golden amber syrup that boiled and boiled and boiled for hours on end in those tall pots in the shed.
tapping maple trees

We couldn’t wait to pour the syrup onto freshly fallen snow to make instant maple candy and devour its delicious richness.

how to make maple syrup

Now, as an adult, living in a much warmer climate, I still can’t bring myself to buy overpriced bottles of slightly flavored corn-syrup. Here’s an easy DIY recipe for (faux) maple syrup.

Maple Syrup Recipe

You’ll Need:
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/8 tsp cornstarch
1 Tablespoon Maple Extract

In a saucepan combine the sugars and cornstarch, stirring to mix, add 1 cup of COLD water, stirring to dissolve the sugars. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
step1 boil water

Cook, stirring occasionally until the syrup reaches the thickness you prefer. Add the Maple Extract, stirring again to incorporate, reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes.
add maple extract and simmer gently

Remove from heat and bottle. If you prefer butter enhanced Maple syrup, add 2 tablespoons of butter with the maple extract.
remove maple syrup from heat

All leftover syrup should be refrigerated and used within 60 days. Try to avoid over-stirring the syrup as it boils as this causes the sugars to crystallize.

pancakes with homemade maple syrup

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