Maple Syrup is such a wonderful thing. It’s delicious in every way. Did you know maple syrup has some pretty amazing health benefits as well? It contains numerous antioxidants, fights anti-inflammatory disease, and is a healthier alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. Oh yeah! Let’s just pour a little more maple syrup on our pancakes! But why should pancakes get all the fun?? Go to the store and pick up a bottle of maple syrup, then check out the delicious maple syrup featured recipes below.
For these recipes the awesome folks at Baird Farm sent me a bottle of Maple Syrup to use. This Vermont farm has been maple sugaring for four generations.
“Every spring [they] boil down sap from thousands of maple trees which grow on the mountains above [their] sugarhouse. The result, amazing pure maple syrup for all to enjoy. For more information about Blaird Farm and how to purchase a bottle of maple syrup, visit http://www.bairdfarm.com
1. Put it on bacon. I mean let’s just start this list off right!
The Queen’s Maple Bacon
10 slices thick turkey bacon
1/2 cup Maple Syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cracked pepper
Spray cast iron skillet with non-stick spray.
Combine maple syrup, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, and cracked pepper in a bowl.
Place bacon strips into mix and let set for 5 minutes.
Take bacon out on at a time allowing the excess goodness to drop off.
Place each one in skillet.
Bake for 20 minutes or until bacon is crisp.
When done, allow bacon to cool.
2. Add it to a cocktail. Maple Syrup is wonderful in a Old Fashioned. I think I need to make one right now.
Maple Old Fashioned
1 tsp maple syrup
2 oz bourbon
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Orange peel for garnish
Mix maple syrup, bourbon, and bitters in a glass.
Add large ice cube and garnish with orange peel.
3. Add it to your coffee. Ever had a Maple Latte? Devine!
1 cup fresh brewed espresso
1 tbsp maple syrup
Add maple syrup to cup of espresso.
Spoon in steamed milk.
4. A Maple Apple Galette will give you your entire life. Run to the store and get a bag of apples right now!
Apple Maple Gallete
1 ready made rolled pie crust
5 medium apples
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp flour
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp butter
Juice of a half lemon
Peel, core, and slice apples into 1/4 inch pieces and drizzle with lemon juice.
Combine cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and flour in a large bowl.
Toss apples in spice mixture.
Roll out pie crust.
Arrange apples in a circle in the center of the pie crust. Fill center with a few chopped up apples.
Sprinkle apples with pecans and pour maple syrup even over apples.
Fold edge of crust over apples, rotating to overlap crust onto itself.
Brush crust with melted butter.
Bake for 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
5. Why not chop up The Queen’s Bacon and add it to more delicious maple syrup, then pour it over a bowl of freshly popped popcorn? I vote yes! Let do it!
Maple Bacon Popcorn
5 cups popped popcorn
1/2 cup Queen’s Bacon, chopped (recipe above)
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp maple syrup
Salt and pepper to taste
Put popcorn into a bowl.
Combine maple syrup and butter in a glass bowl and microwave until butter melts.
Add bacon to mixture and drizzle over popcorn.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Thanks Baird Farm for the Maple Syrup! Happy Maple Syrup Day!
*I was given maple syrup complimentary. As always, all opinions are that of my own.