Let’s talk for a minute about real food. You know foods that have names we can pronounce. The things our great grandparents would have called food. That is what we try to fill our kitchen with. Real food. So lets talk about Maple Syrup. It is hard to find real maple syrup in this area. We aren’t in an area where there are too many sugar maple trees and so a do it yourself maple syrup project isn’t in the picture. I haven’t found a farmer nearby that taps maple trees, so that isn’t an option either. Last time I checked most “maple syrup” from grocery stores is nothing more than flavored High Fructose Corn Syrup posing as real maple syrup. So that is out a buying option. Since real maple syrup is not from around here… it is impossible to source locally.
I have a family that loves to put syrup on pancakes…. So how do we solve the problem?
Since we tend to have an abundance of honey… I add maple extract to honey. 1/2 teaspoon of extract to 1 cup of honey. Amazing. Seriously. It makes the best topping for pancakes and waffles.
It also makes the best fruit dip when you whip into cream cheese for a yummy bagel spread, drizzle it on ice cream. It is a great local little treat… Seriously you will want to lick the spoon. It is that yummy.