I don't eat a lot of syrup these days. Okay, I don't eat any syrup these days.
I tried sugar free but it doesn't taste good and quite frankly those labels scare me.
For my kids (John included) I make syrup. It's easy and I think it's more delicious then anything you'll find in the store. But then, I've been eating it since I was little. Just like my mom has been eating it since she was little. So, it sort of tastes like home.
And it's very very simple.
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
Add the sugar and water to a small sauce pan and bring to a boil stirring gently allowing all the sugar to dissolve.
Turn off the flame and allow the simple syrup to begin to cool.
Add in 2 tsp (more if you'd like it darker) each of maple and vanilla and stir to combine.
That's it. And you can easily make smaller batches.
But you won't want to because this will keep wonderfully well in your fridge.
I had a pretty little maple leaf bottle from a dear Aunt in Michigan (not Aunt-i) that looks lovely filled with homemade syrup.
Perfect for a Saturday morning filled with pancakes and sausage!