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Maple Butter

MGZ Jul 27, 2012 05:46 AM

I was in a shop recently and saw a jar marked "Maple Butter." As many of you can understand, being an unrepentant food dork, I bought it. Never seen it before, never heard of it before. Can't seem to find much mention of it around here. And, honestly, I don't really know what to do with it.

I tried it on some good, toasted bread, but it was pretty sweet to tackle. I added some butter to the other half of the slice and that mitigated the potency some. I'm thinking about making some wings or drumsticks on the barbecue, rubbing them with a ground chile based mix, and finishing them with a good slathering of the new member of my pantry. We'll see . . . .

Here's the stuff (though I I think the price shown is off - I paid maybe twelve - thirteen bucks for it):

So, fellow 'hounds, do you know the stuff? Do you use it? How do you like it?

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  1. meatn3 RE: MGZ Jul 27, 2012 10:27 AM

    I gave some to friends as a gift. They loved it on pancakes.

    I had tried it at a sampling my grocer had. From what I remember It would be nice on vanilla ice cream. Perhaps mix in some walnuts and use to fill sandwich cookies. If I could get over its preciousness ($) I'd start off using it anywhere I would use caramel.

    1. Novelli RE: MGZ Jul 27, 2012 01:02 PM

      It's great smeared on some bacon jalapeno cornbread.

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        dst RE: MGZ Jul 27, 2012 01:17 PM

        Maple butter is made after the syrup phase bringing it up to ?? temperature and whisking it until it magically turns to the consistency of maple butter.

        I love it on toast/bagel with peanut/almond butter instead of jam or just on toast instead of jam. It is expensive but delicious if you enjoy maple products.

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          kipkappa RE: MGZ Jul 27, 2012 01:28 PM

          Maple butter ought to be 100% pure maple sugar syrup in a "buttery" form because of the very tiny, smooth crystals it's made to grow into. I think of a fondant made from pure maple sugar syrup rather than from a cane sugar syrup. That's what you've bought in a jar! Expensive, yes, 'cause it is concentrated, pure maple syrup. Takes a lot of love and work to harvest maple sap in late winter/early spring.
          I use it anywhere I'd use maple syrup with two advantages: it has less moisture than syrup for adding to something I do not want more liquid like a frosting, a dip, an already liquid enough glaze, adding to mustard; and it doesn't drip off like maple syrup does on bread, pancakes, cakes, spoons and so on! It is like comparing a liquid honey to a creamed honey.
          I would love it even more if I could get friends to make it in grade B or C instead of only Fancy/grade A. Know what I mean?
          For needing maple in some baking and frosting recipes, totally dry and crumbly maple sugar can't be beat.
          Off the straight path some--Ever have maple on the snow? A maple cream? Maple ice cream? Now there's maple vodka too. Both straight and flavored. Hurray Vermont!

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            Tripeler RE: kipkappa Jul 27, 2012 07:02 PM

            Maple vodka sounds great, but what about a maple rum?

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              MGZ RE: Tripeler Jul 28, 2012 07:03 AM

              A rum infusion I make with figs, vanilla, and spices might make an interesting drink with some maple added somehow . . . . Not sure if I could use the maple butter to make an infusion though.

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                kipkappa RE: MGZ Jul 28, 2012 10:01 AM

                Maple butter, sure, it would work great, just use less than syrup and stir more! Besides the flavor of maple, you're essentially making your infusion more sweet.

              2. re: Tripeler
                kipkappa RE: Tripeler Jul 28, 2012 09:43 AM

                what's really the difference between a rum and a vodka if we're talking pure spirits?

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              HillJ RE: MGZ Jul 28, 2012 03:22 PM

              My guy loves maple butter on roasted carrots, squash and pumpkin.
              Just about any use for honey works with maple butter
              If you bake MGZ, maple butter dimpled into any tea bread or muffin is tasty.
              Over a ham lovely.

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                MGZ RE: HillJ Jul 29, 2012 06:39 AM

                Ham, eh? I have a few racks of ribs going out back today. Now, I'm thinking about using some maple butter as a finish for a half rack or so.

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                  HillJ RE: MGZ Jul 29, 2012 07:01 AM

                  I'm making ribs myself today. Glazing with a combo of red wine and mustard and thyme leaves at the finish.

                  If I had that maple butter on hand, I'd go in that direction instead.

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                    MGZ RE: HillJ Jul 31, 2012 06:10 AM

                    After spending the night in a rub of salt, demurra sugar, black pepper, and (a lot) of ground chile, the racks hit the offset and spent a few hours in a low, smokey cook fueled mostly by a bunch of oak I was lucky enough to have come across (paying for barbecue wood is one of my deeply held peeves). I slathered the Maple Butter over a the sole rack of baby backs and I think that was my favorite taste of the night (besides the Herradura). I will definitely try that again.

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                      HillJ RE: MGZ Jul 31, 2012 06:12 AM

                      You had me @ "hit the offset" wonderful, MGZ. As life should be!

              2. Dave MP RE: MGZ Jul 30, 2012 03:18 PM

                Correct me if I'm wrong, but based on this wikipedia article, it sounds like "maple butter" is the same as "maple cream." Where I grew up in Western MA, I think the latter term was much more common, so I was confused initially when I read this thread.

                When I've bought this in New England before, it's generally been in the refrigerator. But it seems like the version you bought is shelf stable?

                I love maple cream on pretty much everything, especially toast and bananas.


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                  HillJ RE: Dave MP Jul 30, 2012 04:34 PM

                  Yes it is. Also similar to whipped honey or honey cream.

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                    magiesmom RE: Dave MP Jul 30, 2012 05:41 PM

                    A cashew or almond butter and maple cream sandwich on whole wheat toast is the food of the gods.

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                      Dave MP RE: Dave MP Aug 12, 2012 11:53 AM

                      I was in New England for the weekend, and saw maple cream for sale on the shelf. So I don't think my comment about refrigeration is true.

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                      SweetHomeBama RE: MGZ Jul 31, 2012 07:03 AM

                      Maple butter is so easy to make and should be made yourself. I think the recipe is about 1 cup butter and about 1/4 cup maple syrup and use your kitchenaid mixer to whip up. Also, add in some kosher salt as it'll enhance the flavor of the butter.

                      The very best thing you can use it on is a spread for jalapeno cornbread. A place in Minneapolis is famous for it (can't recall the name of the restaurant) and I've been able to duplicate the recipe pretty close. The sweetness of the maple butter is a nice spread for the heat undertones of the bread. I'm from the south and HATE traditional dry southern cornbread!

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                        MGZ RE: SweetHomeBama Jul 31, 2012 07:10 AM

                        There's no butter in the product I mentioned. I provided the link so that everyone could see what we're discussing.

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                          Herm RE: MGZ Aug 10, 2012 08:43 PM

                          Creamed honey is also availabe at many local farmers markets. Here's a site selling a similar product. i'm not sure if the honey, or maple syrup is heated first to reach the cream stage.

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                        pheenybean RE: MGZ Aug 22, 2012 09:00 AM

                        Was the store in San Francisco? I really want to buy some without having to pay a bridge toll or shipping.

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