A Penny Earned: Try making your own maple syrup

I'd like to share a recipe for maple syrup that's yummy and easy to make.


Maple Syrup

1 cup water

1 teaspoon of cornstarch

2 cups of firmly packed brown sugar (I use light brown)

1 teaspoon of maple extract

Dissolve the cornstarch in 2 tablespoons of water and add it to the sugar and cup of water. Stir over medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Let cool, then add maple extract and stir thoroughly. Pour into your old syrup bottle using a funnel.

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