a "been-there" mom of six offers encouragement
to wives, young mothers, and those not so young,
and simple common-sense approaches to
the "ings" of life:
child-rearing (hints and helps), homemaking (all areas),
cooking (simple, cheap, and do-it-yourself)
making (toys and gifts), preparing (for the unexpected),
maintaining (sanity and peace in this increasingly crazy world) and more---
all aspects of making the most of making do on little---
and having fun in the process.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Replicating Specialty Pancake Syrups --- Coconut, Caramel, Apple and. . . Jello!?

Looking to dress up simple  pancakes and waffle-type foods simply and cheaply?
There are many specialty syrups  available ---
all at specialty prices!!! 
Most you can easily replicate at home.

Note: Use very large pots for the first two recipes because the baking soda initially foams up and expands.

Coconut Syrup
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk*
1 tsp coconut extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
In large pan combine first three ingredients and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in coconut extract and baking soda. 

Confession: This next recipe is officially called "Buttermilk Syrup" but a name like that can discourage many. It's "subtitle" is rich and caramel-like which I find much more appealing.

Caramel Syrup
6 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1-1/2 cups sugar 
3/4 cup buttermilk*
1-1/2 teaspoons corn syrup
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
In large pot, combine the butter or margarine, sugar, buttermilk* and corn syrup. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once at a rolling boil, boil and stir for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.While continuing to stir constantly add the baking soda and vanilla.

* If you do not have buttermilk, you can add 1/4 to 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar to regular milk and let sit for 5 minutes to sour it.

Apple Syrup
1 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups apple juice
2 Tablespoons lemon juice.
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
Combine first 5 ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the butter or margarine.

I can't personally vouch for this next one but I have to admit it is intriguing. Here are the comments from the contributor--- "I should say first that this is a real working recipe. It might seem like a child's experiment, but I'm 52 years old and have used this for many years. . . You might consider cutting the ingredients in half if you're only serving a small group. This syrup doesn't store well -- it becomes too thick over time. . .Enjoy as many flavors of pancake syrup as there are flavors of gelatin with this easy recipe. "

Jell-o Pancake Syrup
(12 servings) 
1 small box flavored gelatin
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
Combine the gelatin, sugar, cornstarch and water together in a small saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Pour into pitcher and let cool until syrup thickens slightly. Serve over pancakes or waffles while still warm.

'til we eat again,
          Simply, Gail

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