Growing up, we did not have store bought syrups in the house. Dad made syrup on the top of the stove with a few basic ingredients that were always at hand. I can picture him now, kitchen towel draped over one shoulder, a small Revere Ware copper bottom pot on the burner, and a wooden spoon in his thick hand. The smell was incredible, distinct and inviting. It meant big stacks of pancakes were soon to follow. Mind you, I could be wrong, but I think he might use that same pan all these years later when he makes his simple Maple Flavored Syrup. The recipe he used could be found on the bottle of Crescent Food’s Mapleine. While the imitation Maple flavoring had been around since 1908, it became popular during the Great Depression – when Dad was growing up. It was something he knew from his childhood, and something he passed on to his children as a part of their childhood.
Flash forward from Dad’s country kitchen to my own kitchen in the first home Hubby and I owned. Hubby had never had a Mapleine syrup for pancakes until he met me. He was hooked, and for a very long time we didn’t buy syrup – I made a batch whenever we needed it. Now this was back in the day when neighbors were friendly with one another, and “borrowed” things like a cup of sugar. One morning there was a knock on our door. A young girl who lived across the street was standing on the porch.
“We’re making pancakes and mom forgot to get syrup. Do you have some?” She asked.
“Unfortunately, I don’t.” I answered. “We make our own.”
The girl stood there for a moment, digesting what I had just told her. “Can you make us some?”
I asked her to come back in about twenty minutes. She did, and they loved Dad’s simple syrup.
I haven’t made Dad’s syrup in a while. I’ve been wanting to, and have even looked at a few markets for an old-fashioned syrup dispenser, but no luck. I’ve looked at the new ones, and can tell in an instant a few uses and that tab that slides back and forth on the top is going to break. Maybe next time I’m in my favorite restaurant supply store, I might just need to take a look at a commercial grade syrup dispenser. When Kiddo was a little Kiddo, he loved this syrup recipe. I’m not sure he remembers it today – and that would be sad.
Mapleine Flavored Maple Syrup
2 Tablespoons water
¼ cup sugar
1 ½ cups light corn syrup
½ Tablespoons Mapleine Immigration Maple Flavoring
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat.
Stirring constantly, heat until sugar dissolves and syrup just begins to boil. Cook at a low rolling boil for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat. Syrup will thicken as it cools. Store any unused syrup in the refrigerator and reheat over low heat when ready to use again.
Note: Crescent Mapleine still exists, in the same trademark blue packaging, now a part of McCormick Foods.