Cooking with maple syrup

Thank you, tree vampires. Ever stop to wonder what first motivated someone to extract sap from a maple tree, and boil it down to a super-sweet syrup you can eat? We give mad props to whomever first thought about playing tree vampire: centuries ago, they somehow figured out how to tap the maple tree at just the right moment time, removing some of its precious sap when it begins running in late winter or early spring.

Today, humans are lucky to be able to just go to the store to buy maple syrup, no tree-tapping and sap-boiling experience required. At AllSpice, we are extra lucky, because we have many varieties of Runamok maple syrup to choose from.

Far beyond pancakes. Sure, pancakes seem half-finished unless they’re topped with butter and maple syrup. But we’ve been putting a little (and sometimes a lot) maple syrup in all manner of recipes:

Runamok-syrups-on-weathered-woodOf course, dishes that are already sweet (i.e., breakfasts or desserts) gain a deeper, more woodsy sweetness with a little maple syrup, like this granola recipe – this rich honey-ginger cake, or drizzled over homemade ice cream.

But surprisingly, maple syrup also adds a new flavor dimension to brassica (cabbage-y veg) like Brussels sprouts, and spicy-sweet cole slaw. Maple syrup brings out the natural sweetness of roasted tomatoes, and can take the place of that “pinch of sugar” in your favorite salad dressing.

Runamok-aged-in-liquor-barrelsYou know how well maple syrup pairs with bacon (Bacon-Coffee Jam, anyone?) — let that perfect pairing spark your imagination, and imagine just how good it will be in these main dish recipes:

Just a hint. Most of these recipes call for a small amount of maple syrup (only 1-2 tsp in most cases). The hint of deep maple sweetness has a nuanced effect on the finished dish. That goes for sweet dishes, yeah, but also the aforementioned meat and fish main course recipes — and even some surprising foods like these savory vegan Black Bean Enchiladas and a swanky cocktail Rory has dubbed Bourbon Desire.

Sugar substitute? You can definitely use maple syrup in place of granulated (‘regular’) sugar in your recipes, with a few important adjustments. For every Cup of sugar, substitute 3/4 Cup of maple syrup (so, a 4:3 ratio). Because syrup is, duh, a liquid, reduce whatever amount of liquid called for in the recipe by 3 Tablespoons (so, reduce liquid by 1 Tbsp per 1/4Cup maple syrup used). Got it?

Ready to, um, run amok with maple syrup recipes? You can find a bunch of them in the Recipe section of the AllSpice website! And be sure to check out all the sumptuous flavors of Runamok Maple Syrup in our online store.