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You could use honey, agave, or maple syrup instead but the flavor will be different! However, golden syrup is quite tasty- try to find it at Fresh Market or another specialty grocery. Look for Lyle's. I've even seen it at TJ Maxx before!
Stolen from a friend on another cooking board:
golden syrup = cane juice = jus de canne = cane syrup = sugar cane juice = light treacle Notes: This amber-colored liquid sweetener is popular among British, Caribbean, and Creole cooks. It's made by evaporating sugar cane juice until it's thick and syrupy. Lyle's Golden Syrup and Steen's Pure Cane Syrup are popular brands. Substitutes: Combine two parts light corn syrup plus one part molasses OR equal parts honey and corn syrup OR maple syrup (This is thinner, and not as sweet.) OR dark corn syrup (This is thnner and not as sweet as golden syrup. If you like, try reducing the corn syrup in a saucepan to thicken it.) OR light corn syrup (This is thnner and not as sweet or flavorful as golden syrup. If you like, try reducing the corn syrup in a saucepan to thicken it.)
My World Market carries Lyles,
To elaborate on Nutcakes, or even a reduced simple syrup (equal parts water/sugar, slow simmer for about 45 minutes).
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