I learned this recipe from my husband when we started dating. When he told me that his family only ever had home-made maple syrup, I thought that sounded like a lot of work. It turns out that maple syrup is easier to make and ten times cheaper than just buying a bottle of Aunt Jemima's.
All you need is Sugar, Water and a bottle of Mapleine- maple flavoring found near the vanilla extract in the grocery store.
First off, we have been using the same small bottle of mapleine since we got married over two and a half years ago. It probably cost around $5.
And here is the recipe (if you can even call it that since it is so easy.)
Mix two parts sugar with one part water. (ex: 2 cups sugar with 1 cup water, or 4 cups sugar with 2 cups water, etc.) I usually do this in a mason jar. Then, you just put it in the microwave for around three minutes or until it looks pretty clear. Then pour in a cap full of mapleine and stir. You can add more or less depending on your tastes. Then just put it back in the microwave for another minute. Let it sit for a few minutes and your home-made syrup is ready to enjoy!
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