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Simple Brown Sugar Syrup

by Diana Morris

Diana R.A. Morris

Some of my fondest memories from childhood are of me waking up on weekend mornings to the smell of pancakes, eggs, and bacon and jumping out of bed to fill my plate. The main courses would be piled high, but the highlight was always the syrup. Thick, sweet, and warm, I would reach for more before the first bite was done. Even though my mother has so many menu items to choose from, this simple recipe holds a special place in my heart and is a staple in my kitchen to this day. Now that Iím an adult, when Iím feeling especially fancy I'll add chopped bananas and some spiced rum (hi, mom!) for an extra kick of flavor and texture, but the foundation is always the same-smooth sweetness that has me reaching for more and, in its own way, keeping me close to home.

Simple Brown Sugar Syrup

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp butter
dash of cinnamon
dash of vanilla extract
1 ripe banana, chopped (optional)
dash of spiced rum (optional)


DIRECTIONS
1. Melt the butter on medium heat.
2. As the butter melts, add in the sugar and water, stirring occasionally.
3. As the mixture begins to thicken, add in the cinnamon and vanilla extract to taste.
4. Optional: Add in the chopped bananas and spiced rum (donít worry, the alcohol will burn off and the only thing left behind will be the flavor!)
5. Remove from heat when the sugar and butter are all melted and the mixture is a syrup-like consistency.
6. Pour over your pancakes, waffles, biscuits, oatmeal, etc. and enjoy!


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