Sunday, March 6, 2011

Rainbow Pancakes & Home-made Syrup

Our Sunday morning pancake tradition got a fun update with this neat idea! We turned plain old pancakes into “the best pancakes I never had in the whole world“ (in the words of my 3 year old Caleb). And all it took was a few drops of food coloring! I took my batter (use any boxed mix or recipe you like) and divided it into five cups. This allowed me to mix and pour the batter more easily than with a bowl. That’s pretty much it! Add your food coloring. Cook ‘em up, stack ‘em pretty, and listen to the squeals of delight from your little ones (and hubby)! I promise- they will be thrilled!

And since I realized I was out of syrup as I was putting breakfast on the table, I had to think fast. I quickly Googled “Syrup recipes” and what do you know? There were tons of them! I had no idea I could make my own syrup! The benefits of my accidental discovery? 1. It took 5 minutes 2. It cost about $.25- .50 to make 3. It perfectly filled a name brand syrup bottle I had on hand. AND no high fructose corn syrup! So Cool, huh? Here’s the recipe:

4 cups white sugar
2 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
½ teaspoon vanilla

In a saucepan, combine sugar and water. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and stir in maple flavoring. Serve warm.

So there you go! I don’t think I’ll ever buy syrup at the store again. Let me know if you try this!
Thanks for reading,


  1. How fun is that?! They look very spring-like and yummy.

  2. For St. Patrick's Day I made green pancakes, oatmeal and green eggs using spinach that was pureed into the batter, water and eggs. It looked interesting and tasted yummy.