I can’t believe I went my whole life never knowing how delicious home made (or Simple) syrup was!  Why didn’t anyone tell me?

Well, apparently, my mother made it for me and my brother when we were kids because she was to poor to buy it in the store.  But I don’t remember.

A few weeks ago (well, January) I wrote a post about how I was feeling pretty sucky as a mom and so I bought myself this new cookbook with tips for home made cooking on a budget to try.  I LOVE this cookbook! The Family Feasts for $75 a Week cookbook is awesome.  I’ve discovered some new family favorites, too.  Among them is this recipe for syrup.

I actually decided to make the syrup only because Anthony had asked me if it could be done…”Mommy, can you make syrup at home?”  I wanted to show him that, yes, it could be made and not bought.  Little did I know that I would fall in sugar love!  So, I’m sharing the recipe with you so that you can know what syrup heaven is.

Home Made Pancake Syrup (page 272)


  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp maple flavoring (optional…I did not use it)


In a medium-size saucepan, combine sugars, water and corn syrup.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Boil until slightly thickened, about 7 minutes.

Remove from heat.  Stir in salt, vanilla and maple flavoring.  Cool for 15 minutes before using, or cool entirely before storing in a tightly covered bottle in the cupboard (Just like regular syrup).

That’s it.  Simple syrup.  Simply delicious!

See, it was even little people approved!!  That by itself totally makes it worth the 30 minute effort of melting sugar.

I put the cooled syrup in an empty Aunt Jemima bottle.  LOL.  Really, this syrup is so delicious.  I won’t ever go back to buying it off the store shelf.  And, this is SO much cheaper than the $4 bucks or so for the pre-made, full of weird ingredients stuff in the store.  So try it.

Disclosure:  I am not so smart to come up with recipes on my own.  This one belongs to Mary Ostyn and you can find her blogging at  She has lots more recipes on her site and even more in the cookbook.