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How to Make a Basic Piloncillo Syrup

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· Piloncillo Syrup

Give your waffles a new taste with piloncillo syrup. Treat yourself to a sweet Mexican syrup that you can make at home with only two ingredients.


I’ve been working with piloncillo for the last few weeks. Fall is always the right time to start experimenting with piloncillo because anything I do with it entails making some kind of dessert. It’s my favorite sugar to use in any dessert that calls for brown sugar. What I don’t enjoy about working with piloncillo, however, is working with them as whole cones. As cones, they are impossible to measure in a recipe! It’s not always a big deal when making something like champurrado, but if you want to get serious with this ingredient and get creative with it, cones are not ideal.


Made with Love Piloncillo Mex Cones


The only way I learned to use piloncillo is to boil them down.

The method is just like making a simple syrup.

For two 3″ cones, you’ll need two cups of water. On medium heat, bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low. Continue on a low boil until the liquid has reduced and starts to become thick. Check it often as it starts to reduce and thicken because the sugar will start to stick to the walls of the pot. Turn off the heat and let cool completely before storing.

Some suggestions for using it as a syrup:

  • In cinnamon rolls
  • Over pancakes
  • Over waffles
  • To sweeten your oatmeal
  • Ice Cream topping
  • Coffee sweetener
  • In a hot toddy
  • Hot chocolate
  • Anything else you can think of?


Just Boil the Piloncillo Cone with Cinnamon Sticks


You can even add a few spices to it such as orange zest, vanilla beans, or cinnamon sticks as it boils to create a more flavorful piloncillo. 


Hotcakes, piloncillo syrup and fruits


Have fun experimenting with it!


Piloncillo Waffles

People Also Ask?

What is piloncillo made out of?

Piloncillo is an unrefined Mexican sugar that is made from cane sugar made from boiling and evaporating cane juice. Piloncillo is the most common name for this type of sugar in Mexico, but the is also known as panocha or panela in other Latin and Central American countries.

What is Piloncillo Syrup?

Miel de panela {piloncillo syrup}, also called miel de caña, is a sweet syrup made by melting panela or piloncillo with water. Miel de panela is used as a sweetener, think honey, to sweeten drinks (juice, coffee, tea). ... It is used as a sweetener for drinks and also in a variety of Latin American desserts.

Can you substitute brown sugar for piloncillo?

It will keep indefinitely. If you can't find piloncillo, and you want to try some of the recipes, you can substitute it by weight with dark brown sugar and molasses (1 cup dark brown sugar + 2 teaspoons of molasses).

What is panela sugar?

Panela (Spanish pronunciation: [paˈnela]) or rapadura (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁapaˈduɾɐ]) is unrefined whole cane sugar, typical of Colombia, Central, and of Latin America in general, which is a solid form of sucrose derived from the boiling and evaporation of sugarcane juice.


Cooking with piloncillo syrup


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