Spring is in the air, and with it comes the window to tap wild maple trees. Here's how, and how to make the most out of the sap you harvest.
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After a few bites you'll feel warm and ready to tackle the cold. But because it's late in the day and the sauce is spiked, you can skip the chopping wood part, and instead plop down on the couch and fall asleep early.
With maple and pecans cooked with brown sugar, these crêpes are reminiscent of pecan pie. And though they'll make a fancy statement on the plate, they actually require few ingredients, most of which also happen to be pantry staples.
A tangy peach smoothie with a hit of ginger and maple syrup, inspired by the flavors of summer fruit desserts.
This tangy peach smoothie has a hit of ginger and maple syrup, inspired by the flavors of summer fruit desserts.
If you can't make it to a cabane à sucre, fear not, we've got 9 ways to get your morning maple fix.
This cocktail from Mark Brinker and Jessica Tessendorf of Chicago's Barrelhouse Flat is a tasty fall drink with a cognac base. Fernet Branca, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar all contribute to the subtle complexity of the flavor, while cinnamon adds an autumnal aroma.
I am now the proud adoptive parent of a Vermont maple tree. We haven't seen each other in person yet, but I'm sure that she's growing tall and strong. I'm positive she's sweet natured and bringing joy to others. I really couldn't be more proud.
Real maple syrup is always delicious poured on a stack of pancakes, but come fall, we begin to feel the urge to include it in everything, including our drinks. Luckily, the stuff is great in cocktails, whether paired with spicy bitters or rich bourbon, roasted fruit or apple brandy.
Swirling a few tablespoons of maple syrup into the batter give these buttery bars an extra maple kick.
Swirling a few tablespoons of extra maple syrup into the batter give these buttery bars an extra maple kick.
This ice cream works a lot like vanilla bean—gently but assertively spiced with floral, fruity, and citrusy flavors working in tandem. It's a good general purpose ice cream but with a point of view all its own. The way mulled wine should be.
This is the most successful flavored bourbon we've tried to date.
This cotton candy has a mild but distinct maple flavor and is fun to eat. Absent from this treat are the fluorescent colors one usually associates with cotton candy. Instead, the candy puffs had a slight natural beige tint—the signature color of real maple candy products.
I'm not usually a big fan of pancakes, but I am a big fan of whole grains. Whole wheat flour with a little roughly ground oats thrown in makes fluffy, tasty pancakes. Tart roasted rhubarb compote is a lovely alternative to pure maple syrup.
In this no-alcohol libation, the rhubarb shrub mimics the flavor and intensity that alcohol would bring to a gimlet.
A layer of maple, a layer of butterscotch, and a crown of glorious black walnut whipped cream. Need we say more?
The true shining star of this pie is the black walnut whipped cream. While it may take some hunting to find walnut extract, the nutty bite and unexpected earthy undertone it adds to an otherwise incredibly sweet pie ensures a proper balancing act of flavors, and helps to pick up the traces of walnut in the pie crust.
There are days when I make myself tropical sweets and pretend I'm somewhere warm. And there are days when I give in and say, hey, it's still comfort food season, pass the pancakes. This was one of those days.
Rye flour give these pancakes a hearty texture and nutty flavor that's complimented by a sweet apple-maple compote. A comforting breakfast for a chilly day.