Dutch expatriates cart this stuff back by the bucket load when they're abroad, but it's really easy to make at home. Of course, mine won't be exactly like a commercial brand. The consistency is thinner - more syrupy and spreadable - but frankly, it boggles my mind why anyone would want to replicate something factory-made at home... This is a good homemade version, without any additives, and with all the honest apple taste you could possibly want.
- 6 1/2 cups apple juice
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 star anise
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup sugar
If the apple syrup has cooked for too long it may go hard in the jar. If this happens, you’ll simply have to put it in the microwave for a minute before using, so it’ll turn runny again. Therefore, it’s probably best to keep it in a container that can go in the microwave if needed.
Soak your saucepan in hot tap water and the gloopy syrup residue will simply dissolve. No need to scrub!