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Sep 7, 2010 08:57 AM

Maple Syrup ideas

A friend was in Vermont recently and brought me back some nice maple syrup. I never really make pancakes and waffles and am looking for some other uses for this syrup. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. Lucky you, that's a wonderful gift! This may also be an obvious and boring answer but if you eat oatmeal for breakfast, a teaspoon or two on it is great or any hot cereal.

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    1. re: Val

      A little maple syrup is pretty good on cold cereal, too!

      1. re: nofunlatte

        I used to drizzle a bit on plain shredded wheat, before pouring on the milk.

    2. Brine chicken in a mixture of water, salt and maple syrup, Grill and use more syrup to glaze just in the last 10 minutes of cooking.

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      1. re: sbp

        Or Brine with Soy Sauce and Maple Syrup.

        1. re: Hank Hanover

          Better still. And add some five spice powder.

      2. Lots of uses in our house - here are a few:
        -in coffee
        -sauce (with butter) over bread pudding
        -in baking
        -maple frosting for cakes
        -great with pork (lots of ideas online)
        -use with veg (example: carrots)
        -on yogurt, cereal, ice cream
        -in smoothies
        -I won't lie - sometimes I drink a little with hot water in winter.

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        1. re: foodiemommy

          Summer: Use it in iced coffee or mint julip.
          Winter: A hot toddy with maple syrup, lemon juice and shot of whisky or rum.

          1. re: condie

            Second the hot toddy! It cures any cold or bronchial/sinus issues! (or at least goes a long way...) I also add a knob of ginger and boil it all together before adding the alcohol.

        2. added to baked beans during the last hour.
          include in your pork belly brine when making bacon.
          add to butternut squash after mashing.
          warm then pour over fabulous vanilla ice cream or fresh snow.
          half acorn squash, butter edges and bake cut side down for 45min. turn over drizzle. cook 15m
          forget all that brining, etc and cook up some bacon and drizzle.
          brush tops of biscuits with syrup/butter glaze

          Even with all of these ideas, I generally don't use more than a cup a year, and I get a gallon share every year!

          1. Cook's Illustrated has a maple-glazed pork roast that's absolutely wonderful --

            Season a pork loin roast with S&P, then brown on all sides in an oven-safe skillet (non-stick if possible). Stir into the pan 1/2 cup maple syrup (grade B if you have it, which is what I've been pestering my son to bring me!), 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and a pinch each of ground cloves and cayenne, and bring that to a simmer.

            Off heat, roll the browned roast around in the maple syrup mixture until it's coated on all sides, then stick it in a 325-degree and roast 35-45 minutes (until it's done to 135 degrees0 turning a couple of times. Remove from pan and let rest. While the roast is resting, reduce the glaze in the pan - just thicken it a little, then pour it over the resting meat.

            We LOVE this.