Maple syrup featured in 9 recipes for cake, mousse, roast chicken and more


Although many of us love maple syrup, it’s all too easy to corner it as another sweetener, a less refined alternative to granulated sugar. But that doesn’t do this staple food justice. Unlike sugar, maple syrup has a host of other flavors, whether they are reminiscent of nuts, caramel or even coffee.

This multi-dimensional nature means that maple syrup can enhance many sweet and savory dishes, including cakes, custards, salads, and roast chicken or vegetables. Sweetness is a useful foil when playing with tart dairy or rich spices. You’ll find all of these possibilities and more in this selection of recipes I’ve handpicked from our archives.

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Glazed maple mousse, above. If you received a large bottle of maple syrup and want to show it off, try this recipe, which is basically no-churn ice cream.

Maple Sour Cream Cake with Maple Buttercream Frosting. This one-bowl recipe has been a hit with readers since we posted it a few years ago, and it’s another great option if you want to nick a nice bottle of syrup.

Step aside, pancakes. Maple syrup was made for granola, butter, BBQ sauce and more.

Maple Mustard Tofu. As the tofu roasts, you prepare a sauce on the hob that includes shallots, brandy, nutritional yeast and two types of mustard, along with maple syrup.

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Maple mustard chicken thighs and red cabbage on a plate. Maple syrup is present both in the glaze of the bone-in chicken thighs and in the coleslaw added halfway through cooking.

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Peanuts and maple popcorn. This description from Nourish columnist Ellie Krieger sold me: “Crunchy, salty, sweet and satisfying, this snack delivers Cracker Jack vibes in a less sweet and healthier way.” For another mouth-watering snack from Ellie, check out Maple Spicy Glazed Nuts.

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Sweet potato salad with orange-maple vinaigrette. Make room on your Thanksgiving table for that crisp, tangy side that will help lighten up the meal. Creamy Balsamic Maple Vinaigrette is another option to pair with the salad of your choice.

Maple and Pumpkin Custard. If you like pumpkin pie but not the crust, this dessert might be for you. Naturally, this makes a great treat for Thanksgiving.

Maple pecan butter. You’re going to want to apply this spread to just about anything, and it only takes a few minutes to put together.

Maple Bread Crust Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce. I love how this recipe takes advantage of crusts that picky eaters may not want to eat. You’ll use 3/4 cup maple syrup in the pudding and 2 cups (did I mention Costco sells it for a reasonable price) in the sauce!

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