There are lots of other things that you can drizzle over a nice stack of pancakes: homemade jam, pear honey, apple sauce (the only way I'd eat them as a kid), or how about homemade creamy honey syrup. But if you crave the traditional taste of maple syrup, it's very easy to recreate at home. My mom always made her own when I was growing up - it's really inexpensive, and tastes a whole lot better than most store bought pancake syrup.
- 1 cup brown sugar (you can use all white, but the brown adds richness)
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp. maple flavoring (may need to adjust amount depending on brand)
Combine sugars and water in a pot. Bring mixture just to the boil (don't let it bubble for more than a minute or two or you'll end up with hard candy). Remove from heat and stir in the maple flavoring. Will thicken as it cools.
It may not be the healthiest recipe in my repertoire, but it's definitely one of the most used.