Friday, October 10, 2008

Maple Syrup

One of the things that struck me right away about vegan cooking was the amount of maple syrup called for in many recipes. It seems that a lot of vegan cooks rely on maple syrup to take the place of honey and sugar in recipes, particularly in baked desserts.

I love me some Fruit Butter Bars in the fall, but with the price of real maple syrupgoing up and up (along with most everything else), I just can't afford to use that much of it anymore.

So, I devised this recipe for Homemade "Maple Syrup".

It's very simple, made with brown sugar, a bit of cornstarch for thickening, and a spoonful of natural maple flavor.

I bought 2 ounces of the maple flavor at my local health food store for $2.49; at one teaspoon per recipe the little bottle will make 12 batches of syrup. I know it's not the real thing, but in these trying times it's sure a tasty alternative, and with none of the chemicals and preservatives of storebought imitations.

16 comments:

Tara said...

This is genius. I can never afford to buy maple syrup so I don't make all those tasty treats. Thank you!!

Amey said...

yes, it's crazy how expensive maple syrup has become. Do you cook with this homemade syrup, or is it just for drizzling on pancakes?

:)

Bex said...

thanks for the recipe. I live in the land of maple syrup and I'm even noticing the price going up.

AnnaOnTheMoon said...

What do you recommend for someone who is allergic to Maple?

Lisa -- Cravin' Veggies said...

Wow! That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing...

half pint pixie said...

Great idea, I just bought a teeny jar (we don't have those big bottles here!) of Maple Syrup and it cost almost 6 euro! It has always been expensive in Ireland though, I've often suspected that most Canadians have maple syrup taps in their kitchen (and I've always wanted one in mine!) ;-)

Jennifershmoo said...

>>Do you cook with this homemade syrup, or is it just for drizzling on pancakes?

Both. It's not exactly the same, but it's a good substitute.

>>What do you recommend for someone who is allergic to Maple?

Wow, I've never heard of that! Brown rice syrup, maybe? Suzanne's makes some yummy ones:

http://www.suzannes-specialties.com/khxc/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=prodall&sid=zwu3v4crf9q0jaoy683lrvns6581v1as

AnnaOnTheMoon said...

Thanks for the link! I'm allergic to maple trees and on an unfortunate trip to Canada when I was 16, we discovered the "hard way" that it extends to maple syrup/candy. I always have to top pancakes/waffles/etc with fruit toppings. I was hoping it was an allergy I'd grow out of, but I tried a tiny bit of Maple 2 years ago and still had a bad reaction :(

susan said...

cant wait to try the recipe!

jude said...

Maple syrup production is centered in northeastern North America, and is commonly associated with Quebec in Canada and Vermont in the U.S. However, given the correct weather conditions, it can be made wherever maple trees grow. Usually, the maple species used are the sugar maple (Acer saccharum) and the black maple (Acer nigrum), because of a high sugar content in the sap of roughly two percent. A maple syrup production farm is called a sugar bush or the sugarwoods. Sap is often boiled in a sugar house (also known as a sugar shack or cabane à sucre), a building which is louvered at the top to vent the steam from the boiling sap.
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keite said...

My mother made maple syrup the same way when I was growing up! "Real" maple syrup has always tasted funny to me as a result.

jenisnape said...

the reason why the price has gone up, is because it was a bad syrup season this year. The weather was horrible. It would be very cold, and then warm up, and then cold, and then warm....which is not good for syrup production :(
The stuff I get isn't as expensive (As it's the stuff from Ontario, which tends to be more watery...still good, but not the excellent stuff that comes from Quebec).
And also, it's cheaper because it's closer to the source ;) (Right beyond my grandma's back yard actually!)

Mary said...

I love maple. This weekend I went on a mini maple shopping spree at a local maple stand (They're everywhere around me!) complete with a big bag of maple cotton candy.

I can't use the regular cheap syrup as I'm allergic to corn syrup some other corn products (which unfortunately means I won't be making this recipe unless I try arrowroot or something in place of the cornstarch). I can't imagine being allergic to maple!

corsii said...

Thanks so much; just yesterday I was mentally complaining about honey/sugar subsitutes becoming so expensive.

Until I train my tongue not to care about sweeteners, this is a great recipe!

Mariella said...

just wondering what is wrong with eatting sugar for vegans?? It's from a plant and as far as I know has no animal products...

Jennifershmoo said...

Here's a good summary of the whole sugar thing:

http://www.vegsource.com/jo/qa/qasugar.htm