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Maple Syrup: Not Just For Pancakes Anymore

Maple Syrup: Not Just For Pancakes Anymore

I grew up with maple-flavored syrup. I think the brand we stocked in our pantry was Log Cabin, which had that New England old-timey-feel, but none of the sincerity of the real thing. At one time, I do recall having some sort of diet “maple syrup” in the house, which meant it was probably saccharine-flavored. Why do I mention this bit of personal lore? Because real maple syrup is well worth the ticket price, and until you have had the real thing, you have no flippin’ idea how good it could be.

While there is not a thing wrong with pouring real maple syrup on your pancakes and waffles, you would be cheating yourself if you stopped there. The other day I poured a bit of maple syrup into oatmeal cookie batter, and poured a tablespoon into some breakfast polenta. But as sweet and wonderful, and not to mention relatively nutritious (with a relatively high mineral content compared to sugar) maple syrup can be, it is also fairly versatile.

I was reminded of this fact when I stumbled upon Leah Koenig’s brief memory piece with recipes about maple syrup on Saveur.com. Most people think of maple syrup being utilized in sweet, not savory, dishes. And as it does sufficiently sweeten anything it touches, it also adds dimension. Koenig provides links to such recipes as maple syrup roasted tomatoes and wild rice soup with maple syrup, but Brussels sprouts and maple syrup make a winning combination, as do butternut squash, thyme and maple syrup. Maple syrup works well with various Asian cuisines, as it caramelizes and adds flavor, not just sweetness. And maple syrup works exceptionally well in cocktails, especially brandy cocktails.

What are some of your favorite applications of maple syrup? Are you a traditionalist or do you exploit its every possible use?

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.

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2:12PM PDT on May 22, 2013

Yum! I am totally going to add maple syrup to other things than just my pancakes & waffles. :)

11:47PM PDT on May 10, 2013

Will start buying the real maple syrup from now on! Thanks.

8:01AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

Mmmm!! I've never tasted maple syrup but it looks really good :-)

6:02PM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

YUMMY

10:42AM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Good stuff, maple syrup!! I use a lot of it and it makef for the best pecan pie this side of Texas!

11:38AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

Thank you

3:20PM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Thank you for this post Eric, also june t. for even more information.
I love the real syrup - Maple Syrup.

7:02PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

The photo of the pancakes with real maple syrup, makes me yearn for the waffles we used to make on the weekend.

6:10PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Loooove maple syrup!

12:26PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

I usually use it in oatmeal for sweetness. I have tried it in a brussel sprouts recipe... it was a food & wine recipe, and it turned out fantastic! You couldn't taste the syrup, but the flavor was very complex, and I'm sure it added to that.

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