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Spiced Piloncillo Syrup

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  • Spiced Piloncillo Syrup adds a sophisticated note to from-scratch pancakes.

    Spiced Piloncillo Syrup adds a sophisticated note to from-scratch pancakes.
    The Washington Post


1 block (1 pound) block piloncillo sugar

2 sticks cinnamon (3-inch)

2 whole star anise

6-8 whole cloves

2 cups just-boiled water

Combine the block of sugar, cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves (to taste) in a small saucepan. Pour the just-boiled water over them, then bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, to create the consistency of a good-quality maple syrup. It should coat the back of a spoon, but be careful not to reduce the syrup too much or it will not pour easily once it has cooled.

Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, discarding the solids. Serve warm, or cool completely before storing.

Serves 6 to 12 (makes about 1 cups).

Cook's notes: The syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 year. Piloncillo is sold in firm blocks. It is available at Latin markets and in the international aisle of large grocery stores.

Nutrition values per serving (based on 12): 140 calories, 0 fat, 38 g carbohydrates, 0 fiber, 38 g sugar, 0 protein, 0 cholesterol, 45 mg sodium.

"The Founding Farmers Cookbook" co-written by Nevin Martell (Andrews McMeel, 2013)

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