Homemade Pancake Syrup Recipe - The Creek Line House (2024)

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How to make your own pancake syrup if you run out! This recipe is great to know about for those days when you wake up and decide last-minute to make a big batch of pancakes. You may find that you even like it better than store-bought syrup!

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I love discovering that there’s a version of a store-bought staple that can be easily homemade! Pancake syrup is one of those things that I always thought you had to buy from a store, and I was pretty excited to find out that I can make my own at home, especially because it’s something we often discover that we’re out of when we decide to make waffles on a Saturday morning. We usually use pure maple syrup, which I know we can also make at home when we tap our maple trees and boil down the sap, but this recipe is a little bit simpler than that. 🙂 This pancake syrup recipe makes a classic table syrup that your family is sure to love, and the best part is that even beginner home cooks will be able to make this.

If you need a fluffy, easy homemade pancake recipe to go along with it, try my go-to plant-based pancake recipe!

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How to Make Homemade Pancake Syrup

This recipe is made using basic ingredients that most of us will have in the pantry: Granulated white sugar, brown sugar, water, and vanilla extract. You can also use a 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring in place of the vanilla flavour if you happen to have that on hand, both are good and result in the same beautiful gold-brown syrup.

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I have some coconut extract in my cupboard that I’m curious to try with this as well and I definitely think you could play around with making other flavoured syrups, too. Caramel, maybe? Toffee nut? When it comes to pancakes and waffles, the options are pretty much endless.

If you happen to be out of brown sugar, check out my trick for making my homemade brown sugar with molasses as well!

To make the syrup, you’ll just need to dissolve the ingredients together, heat them to boiling, and allow your syrup to cool slightly. That’s it! Make the syrup a few hours ahead of time if you’d like it to be a bit thicker so you have time to allow it to chill in the fridge and thicken up. No need to add any cornstarch as it will thicken on its own as it rests.

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See below for the full printable version of this recipe! The recipe instructions are for a microwave, making it an easy one for kids to help out with. Feel free to simmer it in a saucepan on the stove, though, if that’s easier for you.

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Other Amazing Ideas to Use up Your Extra Syrup

While I think we can all agree that there are no perfect substitutes for old-fashioned Canadian maple syrup, this is just so easy in a pinch and comes out such a beautiful amber color every time that you really don’t ever have to feel bad adding this to your breakfast table. Not only is it great as a pancake or waffle topping, it’s also perfect for French toast, oatmeal, granola, cereal, or a yogurt parfait with fresh berries or sliced fruit and whipped cream. This could also be so good as a drizzle over cheesecake with strawberries and salted almond, pecan, or hazelnut toppings.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could use this as a coffee syrup by adding a couple of teaspoons to your morning cup, or even drizzle it over your homemade latte for just a hint of sweetness.

See also: How to Harvest Maple Syrup From a Maple Tree if you want to try making real homemade maple syrup by tapping a maple tree. Did you know that it doesn’t even have to be a sugar-maple tree to work for this?

Printable Recipe: Homemade Syrup for Waffles or Pancakes

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Homemade Pancake Syrup Recipe

Prep Time

3 mins

Cook Time

3 mins

How to make your own pancake syrup if you run out! This recipe is great to know about for those days when you wake up and decide last-minute to make a big batch of pancakes. You may find that you even like it better than store-bought syrup!

Course:Breakfast

Cuisine:American

Keyword:Pancake Syrup

Author: Courtenay Hartford

Ingredients

  • 1/2cupWhite sugar
  • 1/2cupBrown sugar
  • 1/3cupWater
  • 1/4tspVanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass measuring cup. Stir.

  2. Microwave for 1 minute, stir, then microwave for 1 more minute.

  3. Allow to cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

I find the consistency of this syrup to be perfect, but if your family likes it a little bit thinner, just add about a tablespoon or two more water. This syrupy goodness should keep well in an airtight container for up to a few weeks if it’s refrigerated.

Give this pancake syrup a try and let me know what you think! I’ve heard from quite a few people who have made it that this is the best pancake syrup they’ve ever had, and they like it even better than store-bought pancake syrup!

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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.

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