Have you ever wanted to make your own brown sugar syrup?
It’s super easy and tastes so much better than store-bought! You can use it in a long line of recipes, from pancakes to cocktails. Plus, making it yourself means that you know exactly what goes into the recipe. No more artificial ingredients or unnecessary preservatives!
Brown sugar syrup is a simple syrup recipe consisting of brown sugar and water rather than white, granulated sugar. The addition of an acid, such as lemon juice or vinegar prevents crystallization.
With this simple step-by-step guide, you’ll be on your way to making delicious homemade brown sugar syrup in no time at all.
All you need is a few basic ingredients and some patience while the mixture boils down. Once it cools off, pour it into an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to two weeks after opening!
That should give you plenty of time to get through whatever recipes you want to try out with your new syrup. And don’t worry about wasting any – there are many ways that you can use leftover syrup around the house as well!
From cleaning pores as a sugar scrub to keeping plants hydrated during dry spells – this stuff has got a lot going for it beyond just being tasty in a number of delicious recipes!
I completely how frustrating it can be when you don’t have the right ingredients to complete a recipe, so we have several different versions available, each resulting in the same rich flavor you’re looking for!
1 Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe
2 How to Make Brown Sugar Syrup without Brown Sugar
3 How to make Brown Sugar Syrup with Cinnamon
4 How to Make Brown Sugar Syrup without Molasses
5 How to Make Brown Sugar Butter Syrup
6 How to Make Brown Sugar Syrup in a Crockpot
7 How to Make Keto Brown Sugar Syrup
8 Recipes Using Brown Sugar Syrup
Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe
2 cups of dark brown sugar
1 cup of water
1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice
Step 1 The first step is to ensure that all of your ingredients and utensils are clean. Doing so will help keep bacteria levels down and allow for a longer shelf life of up to three months.
Step 2 Pour one cup (240 ml) of water into a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Then, add two cups (400 grams) of dark brown sugar. Stir the mixture until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Step 3 Increase to medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil, occasionally stirring as it cooks. Once it starts boiling, stop stirring and observe – you’ll want to let it simmer until it darkens slightly to a light brown color.
Step 4 Once the syrup starts to darken, reduce the heat back down to medium-high and continue boiling until it has turned into an amber-colored liquid that’s as thick as maple syrup.
Keep in mind that there is no exact time frame for how long it takes to achieve these results. The cooking time can vary depending on your stove’s power level, the type of molasses you used, etc., so make sure you watch closely so that you don’t overcook the syrup.
Step 5 Remove it from heat once it has reached the right consistency – this can take anywhere from 4 to 15 minutes, depending on your cooking method and various factors that influence it. Stir in the lemon juice to help prevent crystallization during storage.
Step 6 Carefully pour the mixture into a glass jar or other container, leaving behind any residue at the bottom of the pot or any foam that may have formed. Let it cool completely before putting on a lid to prevent bacteria growth.
The ratio of sugar to water is 2:1, so increase or decrease the recipe amount as needed for your own use. To achieve a lighter, less intense, flavor you can use light brown sugar instead of dark brown sugar.
If you don’t have dark brown sugar or access to organic beet sugar, you can just as easily use white sugar or even maple syrup in its place, allow me to explain.
How to Make Brown Sugar Syrup without Brown Sugar
2 cups Organic beet sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice
- The first step is to ensure that all of your ingredients and utensils are clean. It is imperative to help keep bacteria levels down and extend the shelf life.
- Pour one cup (240 ml) of water into a small saucepan over medium heat. Then, add 2 cups of organic beet sugar, plus one tablespoon (15 ml) of molasses. Stir the mixture until the sugar has completely dissolved.
- Increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Continue cooking for 4 minutes, stirring on occasion as it cooks.
- Remove it from heat once it has reached the right consistency. Stir in the lemon juice.
- Carefully pour the mixture into a glass jar or other container, leaving behind any residue at the bottom of the pot or any foam that may have formed. Let it cool completely before putting on a lid to prevent bacteria growth.
The ratio of sugar to water is 2:1, so increase or decrease the recipe amount as needed for your own use. For example, to double the recipe, use four cups of sugar and two cups water.
Also, the amount of molasses is dependent on the amount of sugar used. To achieve a deeper flavor, you can add a touch more molasses. To make a Demerara syrup , omit the molasses entirely.
To prevent crystallization in rich syrups ( that is, syrup prepared with 2:1 ratio of sugar to water), cream of tartar and lemon juice are used. Both acids can break down sugar molecules into glucose and fructose through the process of inversion.
How to make Brown Sugar Syrup with Cinnamon
To make brown sugar syrup, you need brown sugar, one teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and water. Mix the cinnamon and two cups of brown sugar together in a medium saucepan. Add one cup hot water, stir to dissolve the sugar, and bring it to a boil.
Cook, occasionally stirring over medium heat for 4 minutes, or until mixture thickens to the desired consistency.
Then you take it off the stove and let it cool down for 10 minutes. Add 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice or cream of tartar, mixing well.
In lieu of ground cinnamon, you could add whole cinnamon sticks to the syrup while it’s cooking, then remove them. The use of whole cinnamon sticks will impart a robust cinnamon flavor.
This syrup will keep for a long time if kept in an airtight container at room temperature. The lemon juice or cream of tartar is optional, but if you choose not to include either, the syrup should not be refrigerated as it will harden like regular sugar crystals.
How to Make Brown Sugar Syrup without Molasses
To make brown sugar syrup without the addition of any molasses you will need light or dark brown sugar, water and lemon juice.
- Add 1 cup of water to a pot and bring it to a boil.
- Add 2 cups of dark brown sugar and stir until it has dissolved in the liquid.
- Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil, reduce the heat, and continue simmering until it is reduced by about one-third.
How to Make Brown Sugar Butter Syrup
Simmering butter and brown sugar together results in a sweet syrup that imparts a buttery caramel flavor to anything it touches.
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 cups packed brown sugar (light or brown)
1 cup hot water
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon extract, then immediately add hot water.
- Bring the mixture to a boil stirring constantly.
- Reduce heat and simmer for about 4-5 minutes or until desired consistency is reached.
- Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract and or vanilla bean seeds if using. Allow cooling slightly before serving with pancakes, waffles, French toast, toasted biscuits, etc.
Store leftover syrup in the refrigerator for later use. I’ve found that dressing cruets are perfect for storing homemade brown sugar butter syrup.
Brown sugar syrup is useful in a variety of different ways. Brown sugar syrup is wonderful for sweetening drinks and even making cocktails. You can also use it as a topping on iced tea, coffee, and milkshakes. Brown sugar syrup is also a great replacement for pancake syrup and sweetens baked oatmeal, breakfast cereal, or even mashed potatoes.
How to Make Brown Sugar Syrup in a Crockpot
Often, people don’t think of using slow cookers for things like homemade simple syrups, or caramel, etc. However, the slow cooker is perfect for achieving a delicious, simple syrup to add to your favorite cold beverage, such as boba tea!
Place 2 cups of brown sugar, 1 cup of water in a small crockpot. If you want a cinnamon spiced brown sugar syrup, add a single cinnamon stick into the slow cooker.
Cook on “low” for 4 hours. Add 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice, mix well to combine. Cool completely, then transfer the syrup to an appropriate sealed container.
A note about the vanilla extract, you can also use the seeds scraped from whole vanilla beans; it’s considerably better than artificial flavor!
How to Make Keto Brown Sugar Syrup
If you follow a Keto lifestyle, you can still take advantage of this recipe and make your own keto-friendly brown sugar syrup. I highly recommend using Bochasweet for this particular recipe, rather than Stevia or Erythritol as both of these keto-friendly sugar replacements leave an aftertaste that is undesired.
1/2 cup hot water
1 cup of Bochasweet
2 teaspoon of Molasses
1/4 tsp lemon juice
To make the syrup, combine the Bochasweet and molasses in a small saucepan, stirring until well mixed. Add half a cup of water and heat over medium heat bringing the mixture to a boil. Simmer, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens, about four minutes in all.
Allow the mixture to cool briefly, then stir in the lemon juice. While you won’t be able to taste the juice, this will help prevent recrystallization of the Bochasweet.
Molasses contains 11g of carbohydrates per tablespoon. We’re opting to use 1 teaspoon which equals 7.33 net carbs total for the entire recipe. A serving size of keto brown sugar syrup is 2 tablespoons (0.91g carbs), or less than 1 net carb per serving, about the same as a serving of heavy cream.
To make keto brown sugar syrup in a crockpot, combine the Bochasweet and molasses in a small crockpot. Stir well, add the water. Cook for four hours on low. Add lemon juice, stir. Cool and bottle.
Recipes Using Brown Sugar Syrup
In addition to being an amazing liquid sweetener for cocktails, this syrup can be used as a glaze for grilled or roasted meats. For additional flavor variations, you can add half a teaspoon of nutmeg or allspice. This blend is particularly wonderful on ham.
Here are a few wonderful recipes to enjoy your homemade brown sugar syrup.
Brown Sugar Irish Coffee
Create festive Irish Coffees that uses freshly brewed hot coffee, Irish whiskey, brown sugar syrup, and whipped cream. This recipe comes directly from one of my favorite restaurants, 37 Dawson Street in Dublin.
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1-ounce Irish Whiskey
4 ounces freshly brewed hot coffee
1/4 cup brown sugar syrup
- Beat the heavy whipping cream with the brown sugar syrup in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Beat until the cream falls in soft ribbons.
- In an Irish coffee glass, add the whiskey and coffee. Top generously with the buttery brown sugar syrup whipped cream.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial; until next time, happy cooking!