Robert Dundas’ Maple Syrup

This recipe, recorded in 1896, explains how to synthesize maple syrup from refined sugar. A generation earlier, maple syrup was far more common than refined sugar, but as this mass produced import became an everyday staple, maple syrup became the luxury, especially for those who lived in town. Robert Dundas lived in Fenelon Falls and worked in the logging industry for J.W. Howry & Sons and John A. Ellis. He also occasionally worked for Robert Jackett. He died tragically, shortly after this was written.


  • 8 pounds rough outside maple bark
  • 5 quarts of water
  • 6 Pounds Sugar


  • Take 8 pounds rough outside maple bark
  • Add 5 quarts of water
  • Boil this 20 minutes, then strain
  • Add 6 pounds sugar and boil for two hours
  • Makes 1 Gallon of Fine Maple Syrup

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