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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.

            1. This recipe for winter squash and parsnips with Marcona almonds and maple syrup is really really good: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

              1. Dessert recipes abound, especially going into the fall. Here's one to start with, perhaps. I've had it bookmarked for a while - maple macadamia sticky bars:


                1. use a splash in turkey burgers

                  1. I make a salad dressing with maple syrup, dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. It's great on a salad in the fall with diced apples and dried cranberries.

                    1. wow these are all great ideas. I have really only used maple syrup with pancakes.

                      1. I am Canadian and love my maple syrup! As others have said, there are many uses for maple syrup aside from simply pouring it on your pancakes.

                        It pairs very well with salmon.
                        America's Test Kitchen's Maple-Soy Glazed Salmon

                        Maple-Glazed Chicken Breasts
                        Bon Appétit 's Panko-Crusted Chicken With Mustard-Maple Pan Sauce
                        Turkey Yakitori Burgers With Sweet-Soy Glaze

                        Sesame-Maple Roasted Tofu
                        Real Food Daily's Yin & Yang Tofu Salad With Peanut-Sesame Dressing

                        And, as a sweetener/flavouring agent in many baked goods:
                        Saveur's Cinnamon Rolls With a Cream Cheese Dough
                        Rustic Canyon's Cranberry Orange Cornmeal Cake
                        Master Recipe for Whole Wheat Muffins

                        If it's still hot where you live, you can try this Maple Spice Ice Cream from the New York Times. (I haven't tried this recipe.)

                        And for the fall, Stove-Top Pumpkin Butter.

                        For more ideas, check out the Ontario Maple Syrup website:

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                        1. re: toveggiegirl

                          The sesame-maple tofu recipe sounds delicious. I might try it next week (with the broccoli variation) over rice.

                        2. This is wonderful--

                          I use maple syrup on corn fritters and cottage cheese pancakes (which are really sort of mini souflees).

                          1. I have posted before about the great maple-applesauce I enjoyed at the Shaker Village in Canterbury NH. This recipe is purely a guesstimate. I think it might also work to toss diced apples with maple syrup, spread on a foil-lined sheet pan, and bake until a sticky glaze forms. http://www.chow.com/recipes/13447-sha...

                            1. Mix one part maple syrup with 2 parts of either shiro miso or a thick, grainy mustard. Use to glaze salmon or chicken. It's simple and tasty- just be sure that you're cooking over moderate heat or you add the glaze towards the last 5-10 minutes of cooking so the sugars do not burn! Additional flavoring in the way of black pepper or minced garlic (perhaps salt to taste with the mustard version) are welcome in the mix as well.

                              Incidentally, the miso-maple mixture makes a great glaze on wedges of roasted butternut squash as well! Would still brush on later in the cooking process to avoid burning.

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                              1. re: 4Snisl

                                oh this sounds absolutely wonderful. Added to my 'must try' list.

                                1. re: smtucker

                                  Great! I should add that I sometimes have to thin out the miso version a little bit with some hot water to get it to a spreadable consistency. (Once, I used orange juice to thin out, and that was really tasty as well!)

                                  Also, I use Grade B maple syrup, which has a strong essence, so you may want to up the ratio of maple syrup if you are using a lighter grade maple syrup.

                                  1. re: 4Snisl

                                    My syrup share is always Grade B; that is my childhood in a bottle. I have a wonderful container of miso in the fridge, and just need to get some wild Salmon. I bet that citrus addition is terrific. Thanks for the tip.

                              2. mix maple syrup, soy sauce. dijon mustard, marinate scallops in it, wrap the scallops with par-cooked bacon, sprinkle with brown sugar, and bake at 375F for 15 min turning once. Marinade is great on salmon too and with a little oil added is a great salad dressing.

                                And speaking of salad dressings, I substitute it for brown sugar when making hot bacon dressing for wilted greens

                                Use in place of honey or brown sugar to make granola, or sub in for sugar or honey in breads and sticky buns.

                                Toss roasted root veggies in syrup during the last 10-15 minutes in the oven

                                Maple Jelly from Blue Ribbon Preserves
                                1 3/4 cups maple syrup
                                4 teaspoons filtered lemon juice
                                2 (3 oz) pouches liquid pectin

                                In a medium saucepan combine syrup and lemon juice and bring to simmer over medium heat. Remove pan from heat and stir in entire contents of pectin pouches until completely dissolved. Immediately ladle into hot jars leaving 1/4" head space. Seal and process in BWB, half pints for 10 min, pints for 15 min.

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                                1. re: morwen

                                  I make maple butter to spread on certain breads. In fact I just did this for a recent dinner party and everyone went nuts over it. It went really nicely with the black cod too. They actually didn't know why it tasted so good until I revealed my secret. I only use a small amount (say a tablespoon) in a ramkin size dish. It goes lovely on a walnut or black olive bread.

                                2. My favorite use is to brush it on thick cut bacon and bake it oven.
                                  Add to salad dressings.
                                  Use it to glaze chicken breasts with dijon mustard.
                                  Coat chicken breasts with mapole syprup & mustard micture and coat with panko & bake - easy mid week meal.

                                  Great gift!

                                  Curious though what grade was it. I like B.

                                  1. Two favorite recipes I've just made this weekend:

                                    Firecracker marinade: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7312...

                                    Garlic Roasted Chicken and Potatoes: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7312...

                                    And my go-to for Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette (tastes just like Jed's Maple Farm vinaigrette that cost $6.99 / bottle!):

                                    Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette

                                    4 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
                                    3 Tbsp. maple syrup
                                    1 clove garlic, minced
                                    1/4 tsp. Dijon mustard (up to 1 tsp)
                                    2 Tbsp. water (I usually leave out)
                                    Pepper to taste
                                    1 cup good olive oil (I usually use about 3/4 cup)

                                    Whisk oil into other ingredients or shake together in a large jar with a tight-fitting lid. This needs to come to room temperature to use; shake before serving. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

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                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                      great salad dressing recipe, Linda. I do something exactly like that but season to taste with cracked black pepper.

                                    2. I riffed off the maple syrup scone recipe from 101 Cookbooks and I really liked them.


                                      1. What about this:

                                        Baguette, sliced 3/4 inch
                                        Maple Syprup & High Quality Honey 1:3 ration
                                        Brie slices to fit baguette slices.

                                        Lay a piece of brie on each baquette slice and drizzle with maple syprup andfa freshly cracked black pepper and bake until slightly melted as an appetizer?

                                        I make this recipe often (never with maple syprup) but I'm sure it would be tasty.

                                        1. Cedar planked salmon with maple glaze. I love it and I don't usually eat salmon! (oh, and I don't use the cedar plank, either)

                                          1. I make granola and use maple syrup as the sweetener. I just toss old fashioned oats, some chopped raw nuts and any other extras (coconut, etc) with maple syrup and a little mild olive oil to coat. Bake at about 325 until it's to your desired toastiness. Delicious as a snack or for breakfast with yogurt and fruit.

                                            1. Maple syrup is a wonderful cooking ingredient--you can go to www.vermontmaple.org for lots of recipes using maple syrup and also for information about how to use maple syrup in place of white sugar in your favorite recipes. Maple syrup is great in baking, in glazes for meat and fish,Enjoy!

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                                              1. re: Catherine in Vermont

                                                Just enjoyed a maple syrup bran muffin and thought of this thread.

                                              2. How about Maple Whisky Skewers using boneless chicken thighs? This is from www.chicken.mb.ca

                                                1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs


                                                1/4 cup soy sauce
                                                1/4 cup Crown Royal whisky
                                                1/2 cup maple syrup
                                                2 cloves garlic, crushed
                                                1/2 small onion, minced
                                                1 Tbsp dried basil
                                                1/2 tsp black pepper
                                                1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce
                                                metal or bamboo skewers

                                                Cut chicken thighs into cubes and place in a sealable plastic bag. Combine marinade ingredients and pour over chicken. Close bag and refrigerate up to 24 hours.

                                                Drain marinade into saucepan and save. Remove chicken from marinade and thread onto skewers (bamboo skewers should be pre-soaked in water for 30 minutes). Bring marinade to a boil; continue boiling for 7 minutes. Use as basting sauce for skewers. Broil or grill skewers for 7 - 10 minutes per side, basting frequently, until chicken is no longer pink inside.

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                                                1. re: Manitoba Chicken

                                                  I'm looking for a recipe for a maple and whiskey frosting or icing for a spice cake. I found this basic recipe in one of the links someone offered earlier on this thread. I am sorry I am not much of a baker. How would I integrate whiskey into this recipe without it tasting too alcoholic?

                                                  Maple Butter Frosting

                                                  ½ cup butter
                                                  ¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
                                                  3 cups confectioners/icing sugar
                                                  4 to 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup

                                                  Thoroughly cream butter and sugar, adding maple syrup until light and spreadable. Add nuts and frost cake.

                                                  1. re: cmtg

                                                    Here's a recipe for whiskey maple buttercream frosting: http://www.ireallylikefood.com/731738...

                                                    It doesn't say anything about the icing tasting alcoholic but you could always flame the whiskey before adding it to burn some of the alcohol off.

                                                    1. re: morwen

                                                      "you could always flame the whiskey before adding it to burn some of the alcohol off."
                                                      +1. it's the perfect way to remove any harsh bite from the alcohol and concentrate the whiskey flavor...i've done it with bourbon for things like vanilla caramel sauce and chocolate mousse and it works like a charm.

                                                2. It's really good drizzled over oatmeal, with or without fresh fruit on top (especially peaches).

                                                  1. A pouncake right out of the oven drizzled with maple syrup gets my vote!
                                                    Excellent stirred into plain yogurt.
                                                    Add to salad dressing for a bit of sweet
                                                    Nice warm bread, slice of your fav cheese, drizzle of syrup!

                                                    1. drizzle over bacon and bake it in the oven

                                                      mix into cottage cheese or yogurt with fruit for breakfast, or over vanilla ice cream with walnuts for dessert

                                                      1. Saute some banana in a little butter. Drizzle with maple syrup and a little cinnamon. Add some toasted nuts. Put over vanilla ice cream or on its own.

                                                        Or just put maple syrup over vanilla ice cream or yogurt. (Not sure if someone already mentioned that.)