A sugar shack is a cabin out in the woods where sap is collected from maple trees and boiled into maple syrup. It is always fun to visit sugar shacks for the maple festival during maple season. They are always fun and it is a great opportunity to stock up on maple products for the rest of the year. Since maple season is getting under way and maple festivals are starting up I thought I would take the opportunity to round up some of the maple recipes that I have tried recently.
Pure Maple Indulgence
Snicker Snickerdoodles - These snickerdoodles are nice and chewy on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. Sweetened with maple syrup and topped with maple sugar these cookies pack intense maple flavour!
Maple Cheesecake - This was a recent successful experiment to combine one of my all time favorite desserts, cheesecake, with one of my favorite flavours, maple. The cheese cake is sweetened with maple syrup and then served drenched in even more maple syrup.
Maple Creme Brulee - Smooth and creamy and decadent creme brulee flavoured with maple syrup and topped with slightly crispy layer of caramelized maple sugar.
Maple Pots de Creme - Another smooth and creamy maple treat.
Treats with a Touch of Maple
Maple Pecan Pie with Maple Whipped Cream and Maple Syrup - I added a maple twist to a classic pecan pie with amazing results.
Maple Butter Tarts - Butter tarts are a childhood favorite of mine and I added a maple kick that made them even better.
Savoury Maple'y Mains
Maple Salmon - This is such a quick and simple meal and yet so good. The sweet and salty maple sauce goes so well with the salmon which seems to just melt away in your mouth...mmm...
Maple and Mustard Glazed Chicken - Maple also works well in savoury dishes like this sweet and tangy maple and mustard glazed chicken which is quick and easy and full of flavour!
Pan Seared Turkey Breast with Apple and Maple Sauce - This is another quick and tasty maple dish. The savoury chicken boulion contrasts the sweet maple syrup nicely and the tart apples finish the dish off with a kick. This is a dish that I make over and over again.
Maple and Miso Scallops - The sweet and savoury maple syrup and miso sauce works really well well on both the pan seared scallops and as a salad dressing.
Roasted Squash with Gorgonzola and Maple Syrup - This side dish combines roasted butternut squash with sweet maple syrup and tangly blue cheese for a stunning flavour sensation.
Maple Glazed Carrots with Dill - This is a simple and quick side dish where maple syrup helps bring out the natural sweetness of the carrots and the dill works surprisingly well.
Sweet Potato Casserole - I took a classic sweet potato casserole and added a hint of maple to change things up a bit.
Maple Dijon Green Beans - Here is that amazing maple syrup and mustard combination again and this time it make simple green beans a pure pleasure to eat.
Blueberry Maple Oatmeal Muffins with Pecan Streusel - Blueberry and maple is such a great combination and these muffins are the perfect way to enjoy them. They are nice and light and fluffy and moist and good. Better yet, they have a healthy twist.
Maple Pecan Granola - Granola is great for breakfasts and for snacking and it is even better when made with maple syrup.
Blueberry and Maple Pecan Granola Parfait - Of course you could always make it better by adding some yogurt and blueberries and drowning it in even more maple syrup.
Blueberry Crumb Coffeecake - Another great maple and blueberry combo is this maple crumb blueberry coffeecake.
Maple Oat Bread - How much maple-y goodness can you get into one loaf of bread? Between the maply syrup baked into this yeast bread and the maple sugar topping and then you enjoy it with some maple butter...mmm...
Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes - Of course you can't talk about maple syrup without talking about pancakes and blueberry pancakes are among my favorites. Once again we see that maple and blueberry combination working so well.
Banana Buttermilk Pancakes - Light and fluffy banana and buttermilk pancakes are another great way to go.
Even with all of the dishes above there are still a lot more. It seems that I have been using maple syrup a lot over the last two years. I have added a new Maple label to all of the posts with maple if you are interested in more.