Drizzling flavour

Tastes Like Home

Hi Everyone, Pancake Day is just a few days away… what’s the syrup plan this year for drizzling your pancakes? Often taken for granted, the syrup is just as important as the pancake. Can you imagine pancakes without syrup?

Why, it would simply be cooked batter. One of the main highlights of eating pancakes is sweeping the pancake through thick flavourful syrup and letting it lace your tongue with sweetness.
Instead of buying syrup, make your own, it’s easy. Make it a day ahead so that the flavour develops fully.

Orange Syrup

INGREDIENTS20130112tastelikehome

1½ cups unsweetened orange juice
3 cups sugar (white or brown)

DIRECTIONS

Add both ingredients to a saucepot and place on medium heat.
Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar dissolves.
Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Store in a sterilized airtight bottle or container.

 

Cardamom Syrup with Buttermilk Pancakes (Photo by Cynthia Nelson)
Cardamom Syrup with Buttermilk Pancakes (Photo by Cynthia Nelson)

Vanilla Syrup

1 whole vanilla bean
1½ cups water
3 cups brown sugar

DIRECTIONS

Cut the vanilla bean right down the middle. Using the tip of a knife, scrape out the tiny vanilla beans and add with pod to a saucepot.
Add water and sugar to pot with vanilla and place on medium heat.
Stir to dissolve sugar and bring to a boil. When the pot comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Store in a sterilized airtight bottle or container.

NOTES

If you cannot access vanilla beans substitute with 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Stir in the extract just before removing the syrup from the stove. Do not boil the extract as the syrup is cooking, as this will alter the flavour of the syrup.
You can choose not to add the scraped vanilla bean pod, instead, add the pod to a bottle or container along with a cup of sugar, cover tightly and store at least for a month before use. This will result in you creating vanilla sugar. Each time you use a vanilla bean, add the pod along with more sugar to the bottle, this way you have an ongoing supply of vanilla sugar.

 

 Left: Orange Syrup. Right: Orange Syrup with Dutch Baby Pancake (Photo by Cynthia Nelson)
Left: Orange Syrup. Right: Orange Syrup with Dutch Baby Pancake (Photo by Cynthia Nelson)

Cardamom (Elaichi) Syrup

INGREDIENTS

2 teaspoons green cardamom pods
1½ cups water
3 cups sugar (white or brown)

DIRECTIONS

Crush the cardamom pods and add to a saucepot.
Add water and sugar to the pot along with the crushed cardamom pods. Place on medium heat.
Stir to dissolve sugar and bring to a boil. When the pot comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
Strain the syrup and store in an airtight sterilized bottle or container.

NOTE

You can use black cardamom in place of green cardamom; it has a more pronounced flavour. Use 4 – 5 black cardamom pods.
Ginger Syrup

INGREDIENTS

4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh root ginger
1½ cups water
3 cups sugar (white or brown)

DIRECTIONS

Add all the ingredients to a saucepot and place on medium heat.

Stir until the sugar dissolves.
When the pot comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
Strain the syrup and store in a sterilized airtight bottle or container.

Cinnamon Syrup

INGREDIENTS

2 x 3-inch pieces of cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
1½ cups water
3 cups brown sugar

DIRECTIONS
Add all the ingredients to a saucepot and place on medium heat.
Stir until the sugar dissolves.

When the pot comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Store in a sterilized airtight bottle or container (do not remove the cinnamon sticks).

Meanwhile, if you would like pancakes to go along with these syrups, you can find a variety at: http://www. tasteslikehome.org/2013/02/take-your-pick-of-pancakes.html

Cynthia
Cynthia@tasteslikehome.org
www.tasteslikehome.org

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