Warm, earthy and complex – the natural sweetness of maple syrup is a force to be reckoned with in the food world. There are so many ways to put this ingredient to work beyond pancakes, and once you start you won’t want to stop!
For anyone opting for less processed foods, quality maple syrup makes a great natural substitute for white sugar in baking and other uses. The conversion is ¾ cup of maple syrup for 1 cup of sugar. Since it is a liquid ingredient, reduce other liquid ingredients (milk, oil, etc.) by 3 tablespoons for every 1 cup of maple syrup substituted.
Maple-balsamic, maple-dijon and maple-vinaigrettes are just a few examples of how maple syrup can enhance even savory foods. It goes best with other autumnal salad ingredients like apples and squash, but also bacon, goat cheese, gorgonzola, dried cranberries, nuts, beets, pear and others do well too.
Tomatoes, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, winter squash and more – adding maple syrup to roasted foods results in a sweetness that compliments practically any ingredient. To combat the sweetness of maple syrup when cooking something savory, use it with fresh herbs or even chili powder or cayenne for a contrast of flavor that is perfect for fall and winter.
If you like honey mustard, consider maple mustard it’s cool older cousin you hope he’ll bring to the party. From salmon and pork chops to potatoes and brussels sprouts, maple mustard can do no wrong as a glaze or dipping sauce. It’s also super simple to make on your own – just mix 1 cup Dijon mustard with ¼ cup maple syrup and 2 tablespoons of oil and huzzah! You’re in for a world of deliciousness.
As you probably know from any experience with pancakes and waffles, maple syrup might as well be the “cherry on top” of indulgent breakfast foods everywhere. As a delicious and simple breakfast for the cold months ahead, oatmeal is a comforting start to any day. You can drizzle on some maple syrup and call it a day, or take it to the next level with some brown sugar, cinnamon, crushed pecans, apple chunks or vanilla extract.
There are few things maple syrup could “mess up”, and this is especially true with cocktails. From old fashion’s and straight bourbon to margaritas and mapletinis, maple syrup is a welcome addition to most drinks for its ability to cut the strength of the liquor within. Cocktails with maple are the ultimate Fall drink, especially this list by Supercall.
With just a little maple syrup and some heat, your favorite nuts or seeds can be made into the ultimate sweet treat. Just combine 2 cups of your favorite nuts or seeds with ⅓ cup maple syrup and saute over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Place on a baking sheet to cool and use on top of salads, in baking or as a delicious snack on their own. Feel free to add other spices to your maple syrup like ½ tsp. Vanilla extract, ⅛ tsp. Salt, cinnamon, brown sugar or other.
Pies, Cakes & Anything Baked
The same goes for desserts as it does for cocktails… there are few things maple could “mess up”. Baking with maple is serious business and there are no shortages of combos to try, but a few you should make time for:
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Being that frosting is literally “the icing on the cake”, making it extra awesome isn’t required, but it is necessary for those looking to go the extra mile. You see, guests are used to cream cheese, buttercream, chocolate or vanilla icing, but they’re sure to ditch their diets for a “sweet maple”.
Whether you’re having it for breakfast in yogurt or cooking with it in ricotta, adding maple syrup is a great way to add a rich level of sweetness to any and all dishes. Sweet or savory, you can make it subtle or the star of the show. Either way, you’re in for a “yum”!
Peanut butter and jelly, Bonnie and Clyde, Bert and Ernie, Maple and Bacon. This tasty twosome are featured in everything from doughnuts to pork tenderloins and beyond hands-down amazing. As with most epic flavor combos, it is the contrast of salty bacon and sweet maple that makes everything it touches so dang-delicious.
What is your favorite way to use Maple Syrup? Tag us with #BestMarket, we would love to see.
October 29, 2019