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10 Great Reasons to Stock Up on Maple Syrup!




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boiling maple syrup for maple marshmallows

It’s maple season! Across the country maple producers and backyard tappers are gathering their sap.  The flowing sap is one of the first signs that spring is on the way ~ and what better way to celebrate than with my best maple recipes?  So go ahead and hoard stock up on maple syrup, we’ve got some cooking to do!

Maple syrup is, in my opinion, one of the most transcendent flavors on earth. Sweet, complex, and caramel-y, thanks to our old friend the Mailliard reaction.  Like fine wine, honey, or cheese, maple syrup has a terroir that makes every batch deliciously unique.  But, sadly, it can be tricky to get that amazing subtle flavor to come through in recipes.

Cooking with maple syrup ~

You have a few different options when incorporating maple flavor into recipes

  • maple syrup ~ the real deal, it’s thin in consistency, with a subtle flavor. Choose a dark hued syrup for cooking. It can help to cook the syrup down on the stove to boil away some of the moisture which intensifies the flavor.
  • maple sugar ~ maple sugar is made from pure maple syrup and nothing else, and it’s an easy one-to-one replacement for granulated sugar in a recipe.  Look for it in larger supermarkets, Whole Foods, and online.
  • maple extract ~ I use maple extract often, it’s a great way to enhance the maple flavor in a recipe without having to figure out how to incorporate a ton of syrup.  It can sometimes be hard to find, but look for it with the other flavor extracts in your baking aisle, and you can also buy it online.  You may have to experiment to find one you love, I use McCormicks.

What’s the deal with color, and grades of maple syrup?

  • Maple syrup comes in different shades, and according to Shelburne Farms in Vermont, “darker syrup has a stronger flavor than the lighter syrup, but the quality and sugar content is the same.”  Lighter syrup is made earlier in the season, and it darkens as the season progresses.
  • We no longer use the terms grade A and B, which mislead people into thinking A was best and B was somehow inferior.  Now all syrup is grade A, varying from “Golden” to “Very Dark.”  The flavor ranges from delicate to robust, and you may want to consider that when incorporating maple syrup into your recipes.

How to store maple syrup

  • Maple syrup technically doesn’t need to be refrigerated, but if you’re storing it for a long period, refrigeration retards the growth of mold on the surface.
  • I keep my syrup in the refrigerator so I don’t have to think about it.
  • Maple syrup can also be frozen, which is a good option if you are lucky enough to get your hands on the good stuff and can’t use it all.

 

Maple Walnut Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting ~

When you really want to celebrate maple season in style  ~ this layer cake is it! Three layers of delicious, nutty, maple walnut cake and there’s even maple syrup in the cream cheese frosting.

 


 

Salted Maple Caramel Sauce ~

For pure, unadulterated maple flavor that is just a little bit more versatile than syrup straight out of the bottle, this salted maple caramel sauce is unbeatable. It’s super easy to make, and takes a scoop of vanilla ice cream or simple sliced fruit to nirvana-level goodness.

 


 

Maple Walnut Ice Cream ~

This old fashioned flavor is one of my all-time favorites, and since it’s becoming harder and harder to find in ice cream shops and freezer aisles, it’s the perfect candidate for busting out your ice cream maker.

Maple Walnut Ice Cream is one of the great flavors of all time! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

 


 

Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookies ~

These homey, comforting cookies are just the thing when you need a little pick-me-up.  I’ve never met anybody who didn’t love ’em.

maple iced oatmeal cookies

 


 

Maple Marshmallows ~

Making marshmallows is so fun, and this recipe replaces corn-syrup with maple syrup for an elevated flavor profile. Perfect in those last cups of cocoa during chilly spring days.

making homemade maple marshmallows

 


 

Maple Oat Nut Scones ~

I’ve baked A LOT of scones, and this is one of my favorites over the years. The flavor and texture are amazing!

Copy Cat Starbucks Maple Oat Nut Scones

 


 

Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts ~

The complex sweetness of maple syrup lends itself well to savory recipes, too.  Maple syrup makes a great glaze for all sorts of vegetables ~ try carrots, or parsnips, too!

A wooden bowl filled with Maple Candied Brussels Sprouts with bacon

 


 

Salted Maple Pot de Creme with Bourbon Whipped Cream ~

Maple flavor in silky, creamy, custard form. Bourbon whipped cream picks up the toasty maple notes in the most perfect way.

Salted Maple Pot de Creme with Bourbon Whipped Cream is a lush dessert for a special occasion

 


 

One Ingredient Maple Cream ~

Yes, you read that right ~ one ingredient! Maple syrup transforms into a thick creamy spread that is unbelievable on toast, scones, pancakes, you name it.

 


 

Warm Maple Oat Nut Smoothie ~

“Warm” and “smoothie” might not be two concepts that are linked in your mind, but this delicious drink is somewhere between a latte and a breakfast shake. It gets nicely warmed just from blending in a high speed blender, so it’s perfect for the first chilly weeks of spring.

Warm maple oat nut smoothie

 


 

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13 Comments

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  • Reply
    Korey
    March 16, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Maple syrup doesn’t freeze.
    I always just leave my bottle in the freezer.

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    Sharon L. Gallentine
    March 16, 2020 at 8:07 am

    I read your recipe for the maple cookies, I was wondering why you use shortening?

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 16, 2020 at 8:35 am

      You can substitute butter, but sometimes shortening gives cookies a unique texture that I really like. I keep a little bit in the pantry for that reason.

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    Laurie
    March 15, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    I’m cooking more, doing some deep cleaning and sorting. I love using maple syrup I’ll have to try some of these.. A while back I found a stove top rice pudding recipe using brown rice and sweetened with maple syrup. Nice to use when you have leftover brown rice. Simple ingredients and so good!

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 15, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      I love the idea of a maple rice pudding, that’s on my list.

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    Kathleen Frank
    March 15, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Over 70 and told to stay in for 3 months. I did the best I could stocking up, but I’ve always tried to be more like a European shopped ( picking up fresh food everyday) and not keep too much food in the house. Surviving on our current stock for a long period of time is going to be a challenge. There wasn’t any regular powdered milk, so I picked up soy and buttermilk. It could be much worse. We’re lucky we’re not in a war zone. Thanks for using your creativity to help.

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      Sue
      March 15, 2020 at 12:16 pm

      I love your attitude Kathleen :) I had a wake up call today in Los Angeles when I couldn’t get any grocery delivery, I tried all my regular options, including my beloved Amazon Fresh, and there’s non available. We’ll have to get creative in the kitchen, for sure.

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    Donna
    March 15, 2020 at 10:09 am

    I love maple syrup, and will try some of your recipes! I’m in south Florida. Schools will close tomorrow, and we’re adhering to the same rules everyone has. Hand washing, social distancing, etc.. My uncle is in assisted living, and is not allowed to leave or have visitors. Makes sense with that population being elderly & the most vulnerable. I have cleaned the house a couple of times this week.? I love to cycle, read, sew, and of course cook/ bake , so all that will keep me busy.
    Best to all & stay well!

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    Karen Hilliard
    March 15, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Oh my my mouth was watering just looking at the photos! I’m so boring and usually put it on my peanut butter steel cut oats!

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 15, 2020 at 11:57 am

      I hope I can get you out of your ‘rut’ Karen ;)

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    Alexandra
    March 15, 2020 at 9:29 am

    Nice of you, Sue. We are good, cancelled all trips and stay home. But I worry about my elderly mother who says …do not worry about me, stay where you are…. Take good care and be safe

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 15, 2020 at 11:57 am

      Glad to hear you’re well Alexandra. My dad is in Florida and I’m not sure how and when to visit him. So complicated!

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        Alexandra
        March 15, 2020 at 12:41 pm

        I know, is not easy, but keep contact as often as possible and talk about it. Take care, Sue