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Beyond Pancakes: 9 Ways to Cook with Maple Syrup
Rachel Begun
By Rachel Begun
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Does maple syrup sit in your pantry waiting to be poured onto pancakes and waffles? At Brandless, breakfast is just the beginning for how we use our Organic Maple SyrupHere are nine ways to cook with this comforting sweetener, including a recipe for Toasted Sesame Oil Vinaigrette that will soon become a household staple.

Whipped Cream

So many foods we love topped with whipped cream go great with the nuanced sweetness of maple syrup. Pecan, sweet potato, pecan and apple pies are just the beginning. Gradually pour in a dash of maple syrup while whisking the cream.

Bacon

Who doesn’t love the combination of salty and sweet? When making bacon, brush with maple syrup for a flavor combination that is a great addition to so many dishes, including scallops, your favorite egg sandwich, apple cobbler, and a spiced nut mix.

Root Vegetables

Brush sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots and rutabaga with maple syrup before roasting. The result is a beautiful caramelization.

Butter

Beat maple syrup into butter.  This combo goes with just about anything you would use plain butter for. Maple butter popcorn anyone?

Ice Cream

Don’t have chocolate syrup in the house? Maple syrup is a great topping for vanilla, salted caramel and coffee ice creams.

Pears

For a special dessert during the holiday season, poach pears and drizzle with maple syrup. Or serve with maple whipped cream as mentioned above.

Brussels Sprouts

The sweetness of the maple syrup is a great way to caramelize and soften the bitterness of these cruciferous vegetables.  Oh, and remember that maple bacon combo mentioned above? It’s a great topping for Brussels sprouts.

Cocktails

Maple syrup can be that perfect touch of sweetness in mixed drinks.  Try a drop or two in your brunch time mimosa (orange juice and champagne).

Vinaigrettes and Marinades

Most vinaigrettes and marinades call for a sweetener to balance the flavors going on, like this Toasted Sesame Oil Vinaigrette.

Toasted Sesame Oil Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

1/8 cup Champagne vinegar

1/8 cup Organic Maple Syrup

2 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon grated/minced ginger

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup toasted sesame oil

Instructions:

Either whisk or blend the vinegar, maple syrup, lime juice, ginger and salt until well combined and the salt dissolves. Gradually add the toasted sesame oil until well combined. Set aside for one hour so the flavors can meld.  Whisk before using.

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