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Maple Syrup Substitute Recipe

User Rating 3 Star Rating (8 Reviews)


Syrup on pancakes
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If you find yourself out of maple syrup, try this easy substitute made with granulated and brown sugars. Serve maple syrup substitute warm over pancakes, waffles, and biscuits.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract or vanilla extract


Place granulated sugar in a heavy skillet. Heat until the sugar melts and turns brown.

Meanwhile, place brown sugar into a heavy saucepan. Pour water over brown sugar and bring to a boil without stirring.

Add caramelized white sugar to the melted brown sugar in the saucepan. Simmer, stirring often, until syrup is thickened.

Remove from heat, and whisk in butter and maple or vanilla extract.

Serve maple syrup substitute warm over pancakes, waffles, and biscuits.

Yield: about 1 cup

User Reviews

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 4 out of 5
A nice syrup, Member jilton

Well, I was forewarned, so I whipped it off the stove as soon as any real sign of thickening began, put in the butter, and 4 tsps rum essence (not having maple, and thinking this nicer than vanilla) and poured it straight into a small heatproof container. That's when it hardens, and that's why you get if off the stove fast. But remember, it softens with heating. I had a taste and it was delicious. Where's the icecream?

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