Maple syrup — the sweet, thick liquid that we bury our breakfast treats in — is also excellent for baking. Not only does it have the thick texture and sugary taste of honey, it also boasts a woody flavor.
The best kinds are made almost entirely from the saps of sugar maples, black maples and red maples. This process has existed for centuries, and originally involved wooden spouts bored into holes in tree trunks and elaborate maple sugaring parties. “Party” as in group of people, not “party” as in celebration. Although, when it comes to maple syrup, we think there’s much to celebrate.
Maple recipes either the syrup as a sweetener in lieu or sugar or honey, or they use it for its potent and distinct flavor. Bacon, walnuts, carrots and apple all go great with the taste of maple. Check out 12 ways to bake with the ingredient:
- Maple Balls from Yammie’s Noshery
- Maple Bacon Blondies from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice
- Maple Cinnamon Meringues with Toasted Almonds by Gourmande in the Kitchen
- Carrot Cake with Orange Maple Cashew Cream Frosting by Edible Perspective
- Blueberry Maple Tea Cake by COOKIE + Kate
- Pumpkin Maple Donuts by Brown Sugar Mama
- Maple-Glazed Apple Cookies by Perry’s Plate
- Maple Cream Tart by Alexandra’s Kitchen
- Maple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies by I Am Baker
- Maple Jam Thumbprint Cookies by Natural Sweet Recipes
- Upside-Down Maple Apple Cake by Seasons & Suppers
- Maple Ice Cream by Raw Food Recipes