Before you begin cooking with recipes using maple syrup you may want to learn a little about it. Most importantly, when it comes to cooking, maple syrup is sweeter than regular sugar. You will only want to use about three fourths the amount of sugar called for. You should also slightly reduce the amount of your dominate liquid in the recipe.
Maple syrup is made by the evaporation of maple sap and contains only about thirty five percent water. Thirty to fifty gallons of sap are evaporated for every one gallon of syrup. Pure maple syrup is best when it is stored in a dark, cool place for about two years. Once opened it should then be refrigerated.
Maple syrup is a natural sweetener and can be used in place of sugar in many cooking situations. Here are a few very basic recipes using maple syrup. When maple syrup is mixed with pineapple juice, salt and pepper you have a tasty marinade for chicken. Marinating your chicken for a few hours before grilling will help to tenderize it and brings out some great flavor.
Instead of using whipped cream on your fruit try maple syrup, it's tasty and much better for you. Try adding maple syrup to your favorite drink. You can easily add flavor to cocktails, punch and even beer.
Making maple syrup cheese cake is as easy as combining 1/4 cup of melted butter with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and stir in 1 1/4 cups of graham cracker crumbs. You then press this into a 9" spring form pan and bake for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Next you beat 375 grams of cream cheese until creamy and gradually beat in 3/4 cup of maple syrup. Blend in three eggs and 2 table spoons of all purpose flour. Pour this into your pan and bake another 35 minutes. Let is cool and then chill it. The cheesecake can then be glazed with more maple syrup.
One of my favorite recipes using maple syrup makes maple syrup muffins. You start by beating one egg and then add 2 cups of flour, 3 table spoons of baking powder and 1/2 table spoon of salt. Next add 1/2 cup of maple syrup and 1/4 cup of melted butter. When well mixed it can be poured into well-greased muffin tins about 2/3 full. Bake at 400 degrees for twenty to twenty five minutes. Now those are some tasty muffins.
Try this healthy recipe for Maple Oatmeal Cookies. Sift in 1/4 table spoon of salt, 1 cup of flour, 1/2 table spoon of baking soda and a pinch of allspice. Cream 6 tablespoons of butter then beat in 1/2 cup of maple syrup, 1 table spoon of grated lemon rind and 1 egg. Stir into this your sifted ingredients and then add 1/2 up of rolled oats. This can then be dropped by teaspoonfuls onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Use a fork dipped in granulated sugar to spread flat. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for ten to twelve minutes.
Trying these recipes using maple sugar should have you searching for more, more recipes and more ways to use maple syrup.
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