Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins
The complex taste of real maple syrup eludes most home recipes because of a lack of ingredients. True maple syrup isn't just sweet. It has a subtle astringency and a smokey essence brought out by the hardwood trees it's taken from.
- 4 cups brown sugar (one 32 oz package)
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons maple flavoring
- juice of one lemon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon liquid smoke (double it if you like it smokey)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Heat water and sugar til begins to boil. Turn down heat to slowly boil for 15 minutes, remove from heat and add remaining ingredients - vanilla last. This is thicker than real M.S. but thin stuff won't store without refrigeration - this will. I like syrup to be alive and astringent so you might want to reduce the lemon to half the amount if you prefer just sweet.