Butter Syrup

Butter syrup, with a german pancake and bacon - a great Saturday morning breakfast!

Maple syrup, honey, corn syrup... these are all wonderful sweet syrups to top your pancakes with. But have you tried butter syrup? It is sweet, buttery, and has a satisfying tang - such a great way to mix up your morning pancakes!

This syrup takes a few minutes to make, but you can easily do it while flipping pancakes, or while a german pancake bakes in the oven.

The making of the syrup

The key to butter syrup is the amount of time the butter-sugar-milk mixture gets to bubble away on the stove. About 7 minutes is perfect. Less than that, and the syrup will be a little too thin. Don't get me wrong - it will be delicious no matter what, but it will not fully come together until its had its 7 minutes of simmering.

If you let it bubble too long, I suppose it could get too thick. I have not ever been in danger of making this mistake - I'm always in a hurry to finish the syrup and get on to eating breakfast!

Let's talk volume

This recipe makes about a cup of syrup, which is more than adequate for 2-3 people. If you have more than 4 people who will be partaking, then double the recipe, just to be sure.

That ~1 cup of liquid will bubble up while it is cooking. As in, it will at least double in size when you add the baking soda. So make sure your pan is large enough to accommodate that sudden increase in volume!

The syrup does settle back down as it cools, however, so you do not need to worry about the serving pitcher. Anything that can hold 1-2 cups of liquid will be adequate.

Butter Syrup

1/2 cup Sugar (ideally raw)
1/4 cup Butter (unsalted)
1/4 cup Milk (whole)
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

(1) Add the sugar, butter, and milk to a small sauce pan, and cook on medium heat until the butter is melted. Make sure the pan is not too small - the syrup is going to triple in volume when you add the baking soda.

(2) Let the mixture bubble for a little while - about 5-7 minutes. Stir often. It should start to resemble a syrup.

(3) Turn off the heat, and add the baking soda. Stir, making sure it is completely incorporated. The baking soda will cause the mixture to bubble up - keep stirring, and don't let it overflow! This is where the magic happens.

(4) After about a minute, when the bubbles have died down a bit, pour the syrup into your chosen serving vessel. As it cools to eating temperature, it will get a little thicker.

(5) Enjoy on pancakes, waffles, or whatever you like!

Last updated
May 16, 2024

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