We love real maple syrup—the kind that comes from maple trees. Most of the syrup purchased in supermarkets is called “breakfast syrup,” by law. It contains no real maple syrup—just artificial maple flavoring mixed with corn syrup (or worse, HFCS) and caramel coloring. Be sure the bottle says “100% real maple syrup.”
Maple syrup has a life far beyond pancakes. You can pour it over hot or cold breakfast cereal, for starters.
There’s plenty of pure maple syrup around, from New York, New England and Canada. Take a look at this starter list of suggestions, and decide how you’ll use it next.
Appetizers & Sides
Buschetta: Spread toasted bread rounds with blue cheese, then drizzle with maple syrup.
Carrots: Toss 1 pound carrot slices or sticks (or baby carrots) with 2 tablespoons syrup, 2 teaspoons olive oil, 1/3 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Roast at 400°F for 15 minutes.
Compound Butter: Blend 1 tablespoon syrup with 1 stick softened butter. Use on baked carrots, muffins, and toast.
Polenta: Drizzle with syrup just before serving.
Fig and maple syrup cocktail. Here’s the recipe. Photo courtesy Chef Linnea Johannson | NYC.
Glaze: brush onto ham, poultry and pork chops/roasts.
Marinades: use maple syrup instead of honey or other sweetener.
Cocktails: Make a Maple Martini (add a teaspoon or more to the vodka/gin and vermouth) and other cocktails (here’s a fig and maple cocktail recipe).
Cold drinks: sweeten iced tea and lemonade.
Hot Drinks: sweeten tea and hot chocolate.
Shakes: Blend 1 cup vanilla ice cream with 1/4 cup milk and 2 tablespoons syrup.
Drizzle maple syrup on sharp cheeses. Photo courtesy Murray’s Cheese.
As a syrup on ice cream or rice pudding
In baked apples (just fill the centers of cored apples and bake)
To sweeten sautéed apples or apple pie
To replace some of the sugar in pecan pie and gingerbread cookies
GRADES OF MAPLE SYRUP
More than a few people are confused by the various types of maple syrup: grade A or B, light, medium or dark amber, etc. But once you see the explanation in print, it’s easy to understand.