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Magelby's Syrup

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Magelby's, syrup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter not margarine
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk* see recipe notes for substitute
  • 1 cup sugar granulated
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Heat butter, buttermilk, and sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan.

  2. Heat until boiling, stirring often. Boil for about 1 minute.

  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla and baking soda. Stir until combined. Serve immediately over pancakes or waffles.

  4. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Recipe Notes

  • Make sure to use a large enough pan. This mixture will bubble and rise a bit more than double in the pan while cooking and when adding the soda at the end.
  • If you don't have buttermilk, place 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into a 1 cup measure. Then fill to the 1 cup mark with milk or a combination of milk, half and half or cream. Let sit for 5-10 minutes and proceed with recipe directions. This recipe only calls for 1/2 cup of buttermilk, so you will have an extra 1/2 cup of buttermilk leftover. 
  • I have not tried it yet, but I am almost certain this recipe will also work with milk instead of buttermilk!