Maple Syrup Recipe for Pancakes – Easy Homemade Syrup

This Maple Syrup recipe for pancakes is a delightful way to enhance your breakfast experience. With just a handful of basic ingredients, you can easily make your own maple syrup for pancakes.

There’s something truly special about crafting homemade recipes, especially when you can avoid the added preservatives and undesirable ingredients often found in the store-bought version.

Given the time and resources, many of us would opt for scratch-made meals every day, either by hiring someone to do it or attempting to become super chefs ourselves.

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While having a personal chef might remain a dream for most of us, we can still make our family’s meals from scratch.

Rather than feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of preparing everything from scratch, I’ve simplified things by using minimal ingredients and preparing these meals as quickly as possible.

Now, even the busiest individuals can savor the joys of cooking from scratch with this Easy Maple Syrup Recipe.

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easy maple syrup recipe for pancakes

Ingredients Needed for this Maple Syrup Recipe for Pancakes

The main ingredients for this scratch recipe are below. Once you see how easy this recipe is to make you will know why it is my favorite recipe for homemade maple syrup. 

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Teaspoon pure maple extract
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions for this Maple Syrup Recipe for Pancakes

  1. Start by adding one cup of water to a small saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  2. Turn down the burner to medium high heat and stir in the dry ingredients in small amounts until they are well blended. 
  3. Now it’s time for the wet ingredients. Add in 1 Tablespoon of Butter or Margarine according to your preference. I’ve always favored the rich taste of butter, so that’s my choice.
  4. Remove the mixture from the medium heat to a cold burner and add both extracts, ensuring thorough mixing. The warm syrup will thicken as it cools. 
  5. Serve and enjoy.

No need to add all-purpose flour to thicken the natural maple syrup, as it cools it will thicken. 

easy maple syrup recipe for pancakes

Storage Instructions for Homemade Pancake Syrup Recipe

This Maple Syrup will retain its great taste if stored in your refrigerator. If you love syrup warm, simply pop it in the microwave before serving. For best results, use this maple syrup recipe for pancakes within a week. 

You can store this great recipe in a glass jar or any sealed airtight container. This way you can easily serve up some pure maple syrup at your breakfast table the next time you make a pancake recipe.

The only thing to keep in mind is that this syrup will crystalize after sitting for a long time.

This is true even when stored at room temperature so be sure to give it a stir if using leftovers for easy waffles or fluffy buttermilk pancakes. 

Why Make Your Own Syrup

The beauty of this easy recipe lies not only in its simplicity but also in the absence of high fructose corn syrup commonly found in store-bought pancake syrup.

By opting for homemade maple flavoring, you can relish the authentic taste of real maple syrup without the need for a sugar maple tree with gallons of sap.

Unlike imitation maple syrup, which often contains artificial ingredients, this homemade version uses simple ingredients like maple syrup made from fenugreek seeds, making it a healthier choice than what is for sale at your local grocery store.

When you create your own pancake syrup, you have control over what goes into it.

You won’t find any high-fructose corn syrup or artificial additives here. Instead, you’ll use natural maple extract, brown sugar, and other basic ingredients to craft a thicker syrup that perfectly complements your pancakes.

As you heat the mixture over medium high heat and pour it into a mason jar, you’ll appreciate the difference in flavor and quality compared to store-bought pancake syrup like Aunt Jemima, Mrs. Butterworth, or Log Cabin.

Plus, if you’re following a keto diet, the best part is that you can customize this recipe to make keto maple syrup, tailored to your dietary needs.

The love for syrup runs deep, with Native Americans and early settlers tapping into the sap of maple trees to create their own pancake syrup.

Today, you can continue this tradition in your own kitchen, knowing that your homemade syrup contains simple ingredients. The cooking time is minimal, making it a perfect Saturday morning project to top your fabulous pancakes.

So, why make your own simple syrup? The results speak for themselves whether you make a little bit or a gallon of maple syrup. The traditional maple syrup flavor will enhance your breakfast recipes, no matter what you are serving. 

Variations on this Maple Syrup Recipe for Pancakes

To transform the maple syrup recipe into a buttermilk syrup, you can make a few adjustments. Start by following the original recipe to create the base syrup with water, maple extract, sugars, butter or butter extract, and vanilla extract. 

Once you have the base syrup, stir in 1/2 cup of buttermilk while it’s still warm. Simmer the mixture briefly on low heat to blend the buttermilk and achieve a slight thickening.

You could swap out the sugar for a natural sweetener such as molasses or honey. Both of these ingredients bring their own unique flavors to this recipe. 

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Syrup Recipe for a Variety of Meals

In addition to being the perfect companion for fluffy pancakes, this homemade Maple Syrup is equally divine when drizzled over French toast. Bring your golden brown pancakes to the next level or pour this recipe over fresh fruit to add a burst of flavor of real maple syrup. 

To put a little different spin on traditional French toast you can create a syrup-soaked recipe that brings traditional French toast to the next level.

In a large bowl whisk egg and this syrup, then dredge slices of bread into the mixture.

Heat a large pan with vegetable oil and cook the syrup-soaked bread as you would French toast. Sprinkle powdered sugar or just brown sugar on top for a sweet burst of flavor. 

Not only is this homemade syrup perfect for pancakes and French toast, but it also adds a delightful touch to waffles, crepes, and even drizzled over a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Its versatility knows no bounds which is why this is the best pancake syrup to bring all of your dishes to the next level. 

So, go ahead and whip up your first batch of this delightful homemade maple syrup for the first time. You’ll be amazed at the difference in flavor compared to the artificial, store-bought syrup. 

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You may also enjoy learning how to make the easiest homemade raspberry syrup.

Easy Maple Syrup Recipe

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  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract


    Add one cup of water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
    Stir in both white and brown sugars until well blended.
    Add 1 Tablespoon Butter or Margarine if you prefer it but I have always loved the taste of butter so that's what I use.
    Remove from heat and add both extracts being sure to mix well.
    Serve & Enjoy
    This Maple Syrup will taste great for about a week if kept in your refrigerator. If you prefer warm syrup, just pop it in the microwave before serving.

The Hobby Wife

The Hobby Wife

Greenhouse and backyard gardener, devoted homemaker, and passionate recipe creator. My journey through life revolves around my unwavering love for food and travel. As a passionate cook, I blend my garden's bounty with culinary finesse and inspiration from my travels. From farm-to-table homestyle dishes to copycat recipes that offer something unique, my kitchen is a canvas where flavors harmonize and ingredients tell stories.

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