Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Spice Syrup

*This post has been updated! See the very bottom for my explanations. This syrup is a keeper at my house. We use it in Ice Tea all summer, in coffee and over caramel ice cream as our favorites.*



When we were at Apple Annie's last weekend I noticed they had a variety of flavored syrups. One caught my eye, Pumpkin Spice Syrup; that would go perfect with my Pumpkin Pancakes from last week! Well it's Pumpkin everything right now and I love it, so being the D.I.Y.'er that I am I said "I can make that!" and began first thing Monday morning.  It's super easy, delicious, and a lot less expensive than store bought. There are a few different versions out there and I will show you mine. I call mine Pumpkin Pie Spice Syrup.



Put 2 cups of water in a saucepan, stir in 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, and 2 tablespoons of pureed pumpkin. Bring to a boil and let it sit for about 20 minutes until cool. Measure out 2 cups of sugar and set aside.



Put a coffee filter in a funnel over your jar and pour in the spiced cooled water. This will take a while so have some patience. You can change out the filter to speed things up if you like. It really doesn't need to be filtered but it is such a nice color after being filtered and mellows the sharpness of the spices a bit. *Because of the addition of pumpkin, be sure you refrigerate this syrup.*

After it is filtered, measure and add more water if needed to bring it to a 2 full cups. Return it to the saucepan and sprinkle it with a scant tablespoon of Sure Jell. ** (Sure Jell is a package pectin used in making jams and jellies, it is optional in this recipe) Mix well and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Stir in sugar all at once and return to a boil. When it is boiling hard, boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in 1 tsp of vanilla and let it cool. Don't leave out the vanilla, it really makes this syrup special. 

**If you don't want to use Sure Jell you don't need to, it just adds some thickness to the syrup. Boiling before sugar is added won't be necessary, and boil it about a minute after the sugar is added and don't stop stirring.



Wasn't that easy? Serve it over pancakes, use it instead of sugar or honey in hot cereals, stir it into plain yogurt, or perhaps over ice cream. It's so good! Maybe even in your coffee? Hmmm, I'll have to try that next. Wouldn't this make a super gift from your kitchen?



I thought that you might like a tag for your freshly made Pumpkin Pie Spice Syrup so I made you one. Use regular printer paper or a sturdy card stock. 





*Updated info* I made some changes to the original recipe.
I tried this recipe many different ways trying to come up with a syrup that had a nice thick consistency that didn't thin out when it was poured over hot pancakes. I had a lot of trials and errors and I have decided that the recipe will have to do as it is. I tried adding more sugar less sugar, pectin, jell powder, and I still came up with about the same thing. Except for that time when I added a lot of sugar and cooked it too long and it became crystallized!  
 Don't get me wrong! This is a delicious syrup, I just wanted it to go from the fridge to the hot pancakes and maintain it's consistency; I think that I need to quit and move on! Also, I understand that adding a tablespoon of vodka to the finished syrup will prolong it's refrigerated shelf life. I have not tried this tip. 

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58 comments:

  1. That syrup looks and sounds wonderful!! And that would make a nice gift! Thanks!

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  2. Pumpkin syrup looks good! And I love that you made some tags for us to use! Thanks for sharing with us for Tasty Tuesday over at aletteredlife.blogspot.com ~Holley

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  3. Mmm...this sounds really good!

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  4. I NEED to try this! YUM! New follower here from the link party! Would love for you to visit me and join my site as well!

    riversrecipereview.blogspot.com

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  5. Great idea! I'm pinning it. Found you at Funky Polka Dot Giraffe.

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  6. YUM!!! That looks delicious! Great labels!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

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  7. Hi there! I just found you on DIY Dreamer. This is a great idea. I would LOVE for you to come link up to my Farm Girl Blog Fest: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/10/farm-girl-blog-fest-6.html

    Lisa
    Fresh Eggs Daily

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  8. Another fantastic post. I love the idea of making this for encouragement gifts. And such adorable tags, too. I make syrup with brown sugar and water. The longer it boils, the thicker it gets, but if you can't boil it...hmmm. I want to taste it in tea!

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  9. pumpkin is my favorite everything! Too bad you can usually find it once a year in some things. Now I can make my own syrup. Thanks!! I would love for you to link this to my Mom's Library Link-Up.
    http://heymommychocolatemilk.blogspot.com/2012/10/moms-library-link-up-3-for-me.html

    Thanks and Be Blessed,
    Julie

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  10. Looks Yum Yum ! Could you add the ingredients to clear Karo syrup maybe and get a thicker version?

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  11. Oh my! This sounds fantastic and I love your labels!

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  12. Mmmm....sounds yummy! Thanks for the free printables!

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  13. Yum sounds great! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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  14. I am definitely going to put this on my list of to-dos! Sounds very good. Perhaps you could add a bit of gelatin to it. Maybe 1/8 of a tsp. would work. Cheers!

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  15. Wow, this sounds amazing. I made peach syrup with peaches, sure jell and lots of water one summer. I wonder if sure jell would help. I'll have to try this. It sounds wonderful.

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  16. What a beautiful syrup and a great idea to include in a lovely gift basket for Christmas or a treat for someone! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Thank you for this post, and the heads up on the filter. This does look like a nice gift (especially if you get someone you really like in an office gift exchange!).

    I found you on My Turn (for us) blog hop. I'm your latest follower. :)

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  18. Just to let you know I featured your wonderful project today.
    Stop by and grab a featured button and thank you so much for sharing your project.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-inspiration-board-link-party.html

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  19. You could try adding a few (no more than 2) tablespoons of low/no sugar added pectin and pulling it from the heat sooner- I would do a test batch though and make sure that it doesn't gel too tightly for your tastes. I have a batch of apple jelly that turned into apple syrup that way.

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  20. This is such a wonderful idea! I love homemade things!
    Thank you for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza!
    Come back today and vote for your favorite and maybe get a spot on my Wall of Fame!
    Here is the link: http://www.hungrylittlegirl.com/1/post/2012/10/october-31st-2012.html

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  21. Oh yum! I just need a straw :) Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Love seeing new faces. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

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  22. This looks so delicious. Perfect fall recipe! I would love to have you come share some of your great ideas at the link party on ‘Or so she says…' There’s one going on right now (and every Saturday – Tuesday). Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  23. This is syrup looks amazing, I think it is great that you saw it and made it yourself.

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!

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  24. This looks super yum, thanks so much for sharing!

    I would love it if you would link up at Martha Mondays, open tonight at midnight through Wednesday night!

    http://www.watchoutmartha.net/2012/11/martha-mondays-link-up-party-features.html

    ~Amanda
    www.watchoutmartha.net

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  25. Yum, looks good! I love the color of the syrup.

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  26. This looks sinful! I can't wait to try it...thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  27. Looks delicious. Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing.

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  28. So into pumpkin this year!
    Homa Style is having a Simple Holiday Gift Idea Link Party.
    Your syrup would be perfect as a holiday gift idea.
    Please join the link party at Homa Style.
    Here’s the link
    http://homastyle.com/wp/2012/10/31/simple-holiday-gift-ideas/
    Hope to see you there!

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  29. Thanks for the tips, and sharing your lessons. This would be great on pumpkin pancakes. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

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  30. Wow...this is definitely different and not something I would have thought of!

    Thank you for linking your favorite post to the Raising Imperfection Sunday Link Up.
    Stop back by Friday to see if you were featured!

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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  31. A perfect gift for a thanksgiving hostess. Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library. I am your newest follower.

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  32. pennywisecottage.blogspot.comNovember 5, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Thank You for the recipe..and the labels..I am making this . I just joined your site..

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  33. Thank you for sharing this in the GRAND Social. I've been thinking, since first reading this, of whom I can give it to for Christmas. It will be an awesome gift. Thank you!

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  34. I think I would drink this straight from the bottle! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

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  35. I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop, the party runs from Thursday evening until Tuesday: http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/

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  36. That is a GREAT idea!! I'll have to make some myself. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime. Pinning this.

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  37. Hi Connie:
    Thank you so much for a wonderful sounding recipe. I am definitely going to try this. For thickening, I would consider mixing some Clear Jel Powder and water (so it dissolves better and without clumps) or add some liquid pectin-the one for "Cooking" jams/jellies. Thanks again and I love your website! :)

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  38. Yummy sounding and what cute labels. Change the wording - and you'd have adorable placecards for Thanksgiving as well (I've got those on my mind as I will be sharing some fun ones tomorrow :) :) :). Have a blessed week!

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  39. Featuring this awesome activity on Mom's Library Link-Up. I would love for you to come over to Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk and grab a featured button! We would also enjoy seeing what you have been up to this week! Feel free to link up several posts!

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  40. Oh, this looks so yummy and sounds delicious! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. I am so thrilled to have you!! :)

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  41. What a perfect gift idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. Thank you for joining Homa Style’s Simple Holiday Gift Idea Link Party. It’s hard to come up with new ideas for gifts and you helped with your recipe for pumpkin syrup. Thanks! Mark you calendar for the No Red Holiday Decor Link Party on Nov. 28. Plus the 12 Days of Christmas link party December 1st ~ 12th. http://homastyle.com/

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  43. Sounds amazing! thanks so much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday!

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  44. Featuring you tonight from Must Try Monday. Thanks for sharing!

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  45. This looks so yummy. Would probably be delicious on some pumpkin pancakes!
    Thanks for linking up at Think Tank Thursday!
    This week's party is up and running. Would love for you to share your latest creations if you haven't already!!
    http://www.saving4six.com/2012/11/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-4.html

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  46. Wow! This is amazing. Such cute labels too!

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  47. Thanks for linking up. Hope to see you again this week! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  48. Oh, how delicious!! Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  49. Good for you in thinking "I can do that" and then actually doing it, even if it takes more than one try! Love the tags! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

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  50. I just sprinkled this post at all my favorite places: Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter:) Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop.

    Have a super week!!

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  51. Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  52. I love the color of this syrup!! Would be soooo yummy on hot biscuits. I featured you from Pin It Thursday http://www.sweetbellaroos.com/2012/11/29/pin-worthy-featured-links-wrap-up/

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  53. Please check the National Center for Home Food Preservation - Look under the canning of pumpkin for the concerns of botulism especially in jelly. Has to have a certain acid level. I didn't see the addition on lemon in your recipe. I hope this helps.

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    1. I am not canning this syrup. I have used Sure Jell as a thickener, a Mason jar as a container, and I do state that it must be refrigerated. Thank you though for pointing that out and I will go read about it to see if a refrigerated syrup would need lemon juice added.

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