Granulated Maple Sugar - anyone used it?
I was at a local festival today and while replenishing my supply of pure syrup and maple cream I found granulated maple sugar among the sweets on the counter. I was intrigued! Of all the years I'd spent in upstate NY I couldn't believe I'd never seen the stuff. Anyone heard of this? I heard you can substitute it for cane sugar, just divide in half, but I could see this not working well with things like cookies where the amount and type of sugar affects both the texture and taste of the final result. I could see it possibly working in a combination with granulated or brown sugar though.
Nonetheless I am fascinated now with this new discovery and am determined to find some great recipes for this stuff. Anyone heard of it or tried it?
I got some cotton candy made with maple sugar at the Union Square Greenmarket in NYC last year... it was delicious.....
At the same stand I picked up a small container of maple sugar, I substitute half the sugar in a Liege waffle recipe. It turned out great, it like a crunchy maple glaze in addition to the sugary crunch from the pearl sugar.
I just used some yesterday in the frosting for blueberry cupcakes; here's the link to the recipe:
The maple sugar lends a nice, yet subtle maple taste. Great as an accent flavour, but too expensive for me to use as a substitute for other sugars in baking.
I bought some from Amazon about 3 years ago to try these: http://www.food.com/recipe/mock-mcgri.... They were tasty.
I had a lot left over and used it in some pumpkin bread, homemade granolas, and eventually air popped popcorn. All good, but too expensive for us here and not terribly wowed by anything I used it in.
i've used it in/on all sorts of things: cottage cheese, yogurt, oatmeal, granola, baked beans, glazed nuts...if you want to substitute it for standard cane sugar in a recipe, use 1/2 to 3/4 cup maple sugar per cup of cane sugar.