This Valentines, let’s start our day with one of the most loving gestures of all – a homemade meal! You’ll feel warm and happy with the scent of vanilla, maple syrup and a little butter wafting from the kitchen! Yum! My heart is already melting :)
If you’re thinking – I don’t have time in the mornings – You can whip up this breakfast in 15 minutes! Here’s how: make a batch of “instant” pancake mix the day before. This recipe is a basic one that always works for me. If you want big fat, mile high pancakes – check out how I make them here.
The star of this breakfast is the Vanilla Infused Maple Syrup (recipe below) and you can make this the day before too! Clever you!
I hope you give this a go – do it for yourself, or surprise someone special in your life! Make time for it – love is worth celebrating!
Vanilla Infused Maple Syrup
Directions: 2 methods (slow) or (fast)
- For a slow infusion: place one vanilla pod in a jar of maple syrup. Within a week the flavour will develop and continue to intensify.
- For a fast infusion: cut a vanilla pod in half and mix into the maple syrup. Heat over a gentle flame and bring the maple syrup to a gentle simmer. Turn down the heat, and keep warm for another 10 minutes until the aroma of vanilla is coming through. Remove the pods (keep them – grind them up to make a sugar body scrub!) Store the leftover Vanilla Infused Maple Syrup in the refrigerator. Your maple syrup will be speckled with black vanilla seeds – this is totally fine and adds to the flavour – if you don’t want them there, strain the maple syrup through a coffee filter.
photography by: FellowFellow for Little Green Dot