|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 17g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 17g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
If you're out of maple syrup, nothing can really replace the rich flavor of pure syrup. But you can turn some pantry staples into a tasty and less-expensive substitute to achieve the sweet goodness of a moist bite of pancakes and syrup. Our quick and easy recipe can be used on waffles, French toast, or fruit salads, and it keeps well in the fridge for two weeks. Before serving, warm the sauce to room temperature, as it will be too thick to pour straight from the refrigerator.
Maple syrup starts as the sap of maple trees. This sap is boiled to concentrate the sweetness and to thicken it to syrupy consistency—around 40 gallons of sap are needed to make a gallon of maple syrup. This labor-intensive process partly accounts for the high price of pure maple syrup. Our recipe won't break your bank, however, and it's a great substitute that you can use to sweeten beverages and at breakfast.
Be mindful that our recipe uses butter, so it's not a vegan alternative unless you use plant-based margarine instead.
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1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup water, boiling
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon maple extract (or vanilla extract)
Gather the ingredients.
In a heavy skillet, spread the sugar in an even layer.
Cook it over medium heat until it starts to melt and turn brown. Slowly swirl the pan or use a silicone or wooden spatula to gently fold the liquifying sugar from the edges into the center.
Remove the pan from the heat as soon as the sugar becomes an amber liquid. Reserve.
Add the brown sugar to a heavy saucepan.
Pour the boiling water over it and let it dissolve without stirring.
Add the caramelized sugar to the melted brown sugar in the saucepan. Simmer, stirring frequently until the mixture thickens to a syrupy consistency.
Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the butter and maple or vanilla extract.
Use immediately, or let cool before storing in an airtight container.
Can I Use This Maple Syrup Substitute in Baked Goods?
In baking, maple syrup adds both sweetness and moisture to doughs and batters. Although this substitute cannot be used in place of maple syrup in baking recipes, you can make some adjustments to your recipe to mimic the taste and effects of maple syrup:
- Use 1 cup of sugar for every 3/4 cup of maple syrup called for in the recipe.
- Add an extra 3 tablespoons of liquid for each cup of sugar you end up using.
- Baking soda should be decreased by 1/4 teaspoon for each cup of sugar as well, as sugar is less acidic than maple syrup.
There are other maple syrup substitutes that you can use when baking in a 1-to-1 correspondence. Use honey, molasses, corn syrup, or agave nectar. The flavor of the baked goods will be different, but because of the texture of these products, the result will be as moist as it would have been with maple syrup. If using honey, be mindful that vegans might not feel comfortable eating it, as it is ultimately an animal-derived product.
Careful When Cooking With Sugar
Although this is a basic recipe, there are a few things to keep in mind when caramelizing the sugar:
- You need to watch the caramelizing sugar carefully because it can go from desirably browned to irretrievably burned in a matter of seconds.
- You should also wear oven mitts when working with boiling sugar to avoid especially painful burns.
- Use shoes when cooking sugar, and keep kids and pets out of the kitchen.