Breakfast Essentials: Apple Cider Syrup

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By Andy Anderson !
from Wichita, KS

This is an excellent syrup to drizzle over a nice stack of pancakes, some homemade waffles; even French toast. Anything you wish to have covered in sweet goodness. As a matter of fact, take a spoonful and put it into your coffee. It’s easy to make, and the cinnamon sticks give it just the right amount of yummy cinnamon flavor. If you really want to please your breakfast houseguests, just whip up a batch of this syrup, and see the smiles spread across their faces. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves Several
prep time 5 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Stove Top


  •   4 c
    good fresh apple cider, organic, if possible
  •   2 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  •   1 1/2 c
    coconut sugar
  •   2 large
    cinnamon sticks
  •   1 tsp
    vanilla extract

How To Make

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    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  • 3
    Add the cider to a saucepan over medium to medium-low heat.
  • 4
    Chef’s Note: Remember to use apple cider… not apple juice.
  • 5
    When the the liquid begins to simmer, add the coconut sugar, and the cinnamon sticks.
  • 6
    Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reduces by about half, and it thickens to a syrupy consistency, about 30 – 40 minutes.
  • 7
    Chef’s Note: Don’t raise the heat too high... You don’t want the syrup to burn. Just leave that slow evaporation to do its thing.
  • 8
    Add the vanilla extract, and continue to stir for an additional minute.
  • 9
    Remove from the heat, add the butter, and whisk to combine.
  • 10
    Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  • 11
    Chef’s Tip: If your jar can handle it, leave the cinnamon sticks in the syrup. They will continue to infuse the syrup with flavor as it ages. Plus they create a nice visual appearance.
  • 12
    Chef’s Note: The syrup should last up to two weeks in the fridge.
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    Pour over some waffles, pancakes, French toast, or any other item you want covered in sweet goodness. Enjoy.
  • 15
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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