Living throughout the world has meant I haven’t always been able to find (or afford!) certain scrumptious luxuries that I took for granted while growing up in Canada so I’ve gotten pretty good at substituting ingredients and creating my own versions of those long remembered favourites.
My most missed flavourful food addition is real Canadian maple syrup. Every country I’ve lived in has had an insanely expensive version of this breakfast necessity but none of them have been even remotely tasty (or Canadian) enough to be worth the crazy prices so I decided to try to make my own:
and had enough success to fool the locals!
Here’s my quick & tasty recipe for perfect pancake syrup:
1 cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of margarine, 1/2 cup of water, a pinch of salt + vanilla or maple flavouring if desired
Pop all of the ingredients into a pot and, stirring constantly, bring to a boil then reduce the heat and continue stirring until the sweet amber liquid is completely clear.
Allow to cool and remove any congealed oil that may have formed on the top then store your yummy syrup in an airtight bottle at room temperature.
Absolutely delicious on my strawberry rhubarb pancakes!
Do you have any specific food from your country that you’d miss if you lived abroad?