Beat together 2 tbsp (30 ml) maple syrup, 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) soft butter, and 1⁄4 tsp (1 ml) cinnamon until fluffy. Serve on toast and scones.
Beat 3⁄4 cup (175 ml) whipping cream until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) maple syrup and a drop of vanilla. Continue whipping until firm. Wonderful on fruit pies, cobblers, and crisps.
Maple berry shortcakes
Toss 2 cups (500 ml) fresh berries (or a combination of blueberries and peaches) with 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) maple syrup. Split 6 warm shortcakes or scones (or use slices of pound cake), pile berries in middle, and top with Maple Cream or plain whipped cream.
Maple snow taffy
Bring maple syrup to a boil and continue to boil until temperature reaches 234˚–240˚F (112˚–116˚C) on a candy thermometer. Pour hot syrup onto clean, fresh, packed snow in strips about 4″ (10 cm) long. Place a twig or Popsicle stick at one end. Allow to cool slightly and thicken, then twirl maple taffy onto the twig or stick and enjoy.
Spiced maple syrup
For a slightly different taste on your pancakes, combine 1⁄2 cup (125 ml) maple syrup with a strip of lemon zest and a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg and heat gently in a small saucepan for several minutes. (Don’t allow the mixture to boil.) Remove from heat and swirl in 2 tbsp (30 ml) butter and a handful of toasted pecans. You can also try the spiced syrup on sliced peaches or nectarines that have been browned in butter and dusted with ground ginger.
Whisk together 1 tbsp (15 ml) each maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice; 2 tbsp (30 ml) each walnut and vegetable oil; 1 finely chopped shallot or green onion; 1 clove finely chopped garlic; 1 tsp (5 ml) grated orange zest; and salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Enjoy the dressing on a salad of mild greens, such as Boston lettuce, avocado slices, and orange wedges, or on grilled asparagus.
Maple marinade & basting sauce
Bring 1⁄2 cup (125 ml) maple syrup, 2 tbsp (30 ml) brown sugar, 1 tsp (5 ml) dry mustard, 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) ketchup, 1 clove finely chopped garlic, 1 tbsp (15 ml) each apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce, a dash of hot sauce, and salt and pepper to a boil, stirring until sugar melts. Lower heat and simmer 5 minutes. Kids will love this sweet and not-too-spicy glaze on barbecued chicken wings or other chicken pieces.