I went to breakfast with some girlfriends this week to celebrate Christmas and exchange some small gifts. What a luxury to go out to breakfast, and especially this time of year! It was so nice to take a breather and talk about lighthearted things before leaping back into juggling kiddos and Christmas to-dos. The annual gift exchange and lunch, which is what we typically do, is one of my favorite events of the season! I came home with some heartfelt and handpicked things to add to the Christmas display and to use all year round.
Buttermilk Syrup (yields enough to fill two 16 oz jars)
3 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 cup butter
4 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons baking soda
In a large saucepan (this syrup foams up quite a bit while cooking!) over medium high heat, stir together sugar, buttermilk, butter, maple syrup and baking soda and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low (should be simmering) and stir constantly until the color turns a bit golden. Remove from heat. Serve immediately or allow to cool to room temperature, pour into jars and refrigerate until ready to use.