Homemade Pancake Syrup and a Garden Update

The sun is back out, and the snow is all melted, so today I was finally able to plant the pepper plants I bought last week just before the big snowstorm.  I planted a regular bell pepper and a sweet banana pepper.  Here they are:

And here are the tomato plants Val planted.  I was happy to see that they came through just fine and weren’t hurt by the snow and freezing temperatures.

Here’s a general view of the garden:

There’s still a lot of empty space, so I’m thinking about maybe putting in a squash or zucchini plant as well.  Gardening is so exciting!

And now, to continue on with this week’s theme,  I am sharing two recipes for pancake syrup.  One is your basic syrup and the other one is a bit fancier and is a treat for Jay and I since it contains an ingredient I don’t normally have on hand.  Both of them ar really yummy!  Of course, don’t think that because it’s home made,  pancake syrup is suddenly a health food.  It’s still full of sugar, but at least there are no additives and preservatives, which is the most  important thing to me.  Give one, or both, recipes a try,  I think you’ll really like them! 

Basic Pancake Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla or maple extract

Directions:

In a saucepan, bring sugars, corn syrup, and water to a boil.  Boil 5-7 minutes, until slightly thickened.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla or maple extract.

Cinnamon Cream Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 (5 oz) can evaporated milk

Directions:

Combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and cinnamon in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Cool for 5 minutes then stir in evaporated milk.

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One response to “Homemade Pancake Syrup and a Garden Update

  1. Hello Catberner

    What a beautiful garden and just after the snow! WOW. And it looks so neat and I know you can hardly wait to be picking fresh vegetables.

    I agree that fresh and home made are healthy for us all. We seldom, if ever buy those frozen or packaged prepared foods with additives. Just bought some Sea Salt today since you mentioned it. We use as little salt as possible and I am getting used to less salt.

    The syrup sounds good also. We may try some. We did buy a large bottle when it was on sale last year and keep pouring it into a small bottle for the table so we have not bought any syrup since the price started going up. Right after sugar went from 30 to 60 cents a pount, we knew syrup would be going up also. I did get a pint of home made cane syrup from Granny in Immokalee and we mix a little of that with the “store” bought. Your new idea sounds like trying.

    We did have your pancakes Tuesday morning! Were they good! Thanks

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