Best Homemade Maple Syrup Recipe

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Run out of maple syrup and really can’t do without it on your waffles and pancakes? This homemade maple syrup recipe is just what you need to try out.

Crafted with just 3 simple ingredients, the homemade syrup comes together in just a few minutes, and has the perfect flavors just like your store bought syrup, if not better.

This easy maple syrup will elevate your breakfast experience, and you’ll love using it everywhere you use natural maple syrup.

What I Love About the Recipe

My favorite part about this homemade maple syrup recipe is that you’ll need no special equipment or ingredients to make it, and zero prep time too!

This imitation pancake syrup has that perfect taste and flavor you’re looking for, and that gorgeous dark brown color too!

What’s more, it has nearly the same sugar content as your store bought syrup does. Best of all, you won’t even need high fructose corn syrup to make this!

Even if you don’t have a maple tree, and don’t have access to maple sap and want an alternative to store bought syrup, this one’s the perfect recipe.

How is Maple Syrup Actually Made

Pure maple syrup is usually crafted from the extract of maple trees. To make the syrup, you collect sap and make sure it is boiled down to a very concentrated form.

Boiling sap intensifies its flavor, and it creates the perfect sticky and sweet concoction you’re looking for.

Homemade Maple Syrup Cooking Times

  • Prep time: 5 minutes  
  • Cook time: 15-20 minutes  
  • Yields: 2 cups  

Ingredients For the Homemade Maple Syrup Recipe

You’ll need just 3 simple ingredients to make the homemade maple syrup.

Homemade Maple Syrup Ingredients
  • Dark Brown Sugar: Imparts the ideal amber color characteristic of maple syrup.
  • Granulated Sugar: Forms the base of the syrup, ensuring a smooth consistency.
  • Maple Extract: Infuses the syrup with the authentic flavor of pure maple.

How to Make Maple Syrup

Once you have all the ingredients ready, here’s what you’ll need to do to make maple syrup.

Step 1: Boil Granulated Sugar in Water

Bring water to a boil. Add granulated sugar and stir until fully dissolved. 

Step 2: Add Dark Brown Sugar

Add dark brown sugar and stir until fully dissolved, cooking over medium high heat.

Step 3: Let Simmer and Cook Until Thickens

Reduce the heat and stir until it simmers, let simmer for 5 minutes. For a thicker syrup, continue to simmer for 10 more minutes over medium high heat.

Step 4: Let Cool and Store in a Container

Let cool to thicken. Enjoy right away or store in an airtight jar.  

Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe

Ready to try out this homemade maple syrup recipe? Here are some tips and tricks you might want to take note of.

  • To add an extra layer of flavor to the sugar maple syrup, you can also add a dash of vanilla extract into the mix.
  • Butter can be another great addition to this homemade syrup mixture. It can add a beautiful richness that you wouldn’t even find in pure maple syrup.
  • You can make your own maple syrup and refrigerate it for up to 2 months. Remember to use good quality storage containers or just a glass jar to store this homemade pancake syrup.
  • If you can’t find the maple extract that is needed for this recipe, Mapeline can be a great substitute to give the syrup that perfect store bought syrup flavor.
  • Remember that pure maple extract and brown sugar are the two key ingredients for this recipe. White sugar is merely the base, but the true essence of this recipe lies in the maple extract.
  • Depending on your personal preference you can adjust the texture of the liquid by continuing to boil the mixture. Boiling the mixture will reduce the liquid and also caramelize the white sugar, turning it into a nice sticky goodness and have a texture that most syrups will have.

How to Use Homemade Maple Syrup

My favorite way of using this homemade syrup is to use it as as teammate to my French toast and pancakes.

I almost always make this in a big batch, and I’ve never turned to those packaged pancake syrups ever since.

This syrup is so much more than a classic pancake syrup. You can also use it with your waffles or just plain toast.

It is the perfect alternative to pure maple syrup during maple syrup season.

More Recipes

Enjoyed making this homemade maple syrup? Inspired to try some more easy homemade recipes? Here are a few handpicked ones you might want to try.

homemade maple syrup

Homemade Maple Syrup

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Homemade Maple syrup is the best. This recipe is simple to make and tastes amazing on pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons maple extract

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil. Add granulated sugar and stir until fully dissolved. 
  2. Add dark brown sugar and stir until fully dissolved, cooking over medium high heat.
  3. Reduce the heat and stir until it simmers, let simmer for 5 minutes. For a thicker syrup, continue to simmer for 10 more minutes over medium high heat.
  4. Let cool to thicken. Enjoy right away or store in an airtight jar.  

Notes

  • To add an extra layer of flavor to the sugar maple syrup, you can also add a dash of vanilla extract into the mix.
  • Butter can be another great addition to this homemade syrup mixture. It can add a beautiful richness that you wouldn’t even find in pure maple syrup.
  • You can make your own maple syrup and refrigerate it for up to 2 months. Remember to use good quality storage containers or just a glass jar to store this homemade pancake syrup.
  • If you can’t find the maple extract that is needed for this recipe, Mapeline can be a great substitute to give the syrup that perfect store bought syrup flavor.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 19gProtein: 0g

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