Every Sunday morning we have what we call Puffy Oven Pancakes--I've also heard them more commonly called German pancakes. You know, 6 eggs, 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk all mixed up and baked in a melted butter lined pan. MMmmmmm. Well, maybe we don't have them EVERY Sunday, but if we don't I get a lot of complaining and asking where the Puffy Oven Pancakes are. So this last Sunday I was mixing up the pancakes when I noticed that our bottle of syrup was quite low and I knew I'd just emptied the big jug the last time I filled that bottle up. To not have enough syrup to eat the puffy oven pancakes constitutes a real emergency around here.
Now, I'm not one to go shopping on Sunday and even if I wanted to there isn't a store open for 10 miles, and the pancakes were already in the oven, so I had to come up with some kind of syrup quick.
So braving the dangers of my food room, I went in and got a quart of Apricot nectar that I had bottled in 2004. This apricot nectar is on the "Hurry Up And Rotate Me" list as it is starting to go dark, so needed to be used anyway. I put the nectar in a pot and using my jam and candy making experience I tossed in 6 cups of sugar. Seriously, I just thought that was about the amount I'd use if I were making jam with that much liquid fruit, so it was just a guess.Then I stirred it all together and heated it up.Brought it to a rolling boil for 2 minutes (again, just a guess based on jam and candy making).After I took it off the heat, I scooped some in a little bowl and put it in the fridge so it would cool down faster (I knew it would thicken as it cooled). By now my pancakes were done, so I only left it in the fridge for a few minutes while I got the table set and the family gathered. It turned out fantastic! The kids still wanted the regular syrup, but me and dad had delicious apricot syrup on our puffy oven pancakes. I poured the rest into a quart and a pint jar and put them in the fridge for next time. The syrup turned out kind of dark since the nectar was kind of dark to start with. I was going to take a picture of my lovely syrup poured over a piece of pancake, but alas, it all got eaten before I got the camera out and all that was left was this: