While I realize that maple syrup is a spring food since the trees are usually tapped in the spring. The long shelf life of syrup means it can be used any time of year. My youngest son loves Sugar Maple trees so much that we bought him one and planted it in our yard so he has his own source of Maple leaves. And in the mind of a six year old it is a very short leap from doing a fall leaf craft project to enjoying some maple syrup.
Syrup doesn’t need to be limited to topping pancakes and waffles. It is delicious used in recipes. Maple Syrup not only sweetens the dish, but it also adds a depth of flavor missing from white sugar.
How to Substitute Maple Syrup for Sugar:
If you want to substitute maple syrup for honey, it is easy because you do not have to do any conversions: You can replace honey with maple syrup one for one. However, it is a little more complicated when substituting maple syrup for sugar.
Maple syrup is sweeter than sugar, so you will use less of it than you would of sugar. To substitute maple syrup for sugar in recipes, use 2/3 – 3/4 cup of syrup for 1 cup of sugar.
When you are replacing the sugar with syrup in a recipe like glazed carrots, you don’t have to worry about the liquids, but when you are substituting maple syrup for sugar in baked goods, you will need to reduce the liquids by a small amount. If you use 1 cup of syrup, then reduce the liquids by 3 tablespoons. I find it easiest to measure the normal amount of liquid called for in the recipe in a Pyrex measuring cup and then spoon out the excess liquid.
If a cake recipe calls for 2 cups of sugar, you would use 1 1/3 – 1 1/2 cups maple syrup and then reduce the liquid in the recipe by 4 tablespoons (or a quarter cup).
To help figure out the exact amounts use these conversions:
4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
Don’t want to worry about the math, then try a recipe that calls for maple syrup!
15 Recipes Using Maple Syrup:
Roasted Peach Vegan Ice Cream / Wonky Wonderful
Sweet Potato Fries with Maple Cinnamon Dip / Mom Endeavors
Maple Pecan Pie / Maple Groves Farm
Sugar Cookies with Maple Syrup Glaze / The DIY Mommy
Maple Syrup Cookies (6 recipes) / Ben’s Sugar Shack
Maple Syrup Cake / Midwest Living
Slow Cooker Baked Beans with Maple Syrup / Food.com
Oatmeal Stuffed Baked Apples / Mom Endeavors
Sticky Buns / Women’s Health
Pineapple in Maple Syrup / Fitness Republic
Corn Flake Crusted French Toast / This Mom Can Cook
Lemon-Poppy Seed Belgian Waffles with Blackberry Maple Syrup / My Recipes
Maple Lemonade / Running with Tongs
Baked Praline French Toast Casserole with Maple Syrup / Just a Pinch Recipes
Strawberry Lemonade Fizz / Wonky Wonderful
What is your favorite way to use maple syrup?
Thanks to Kendall of Songbirds and Buttons for helping me pull together the links and creating the collage.