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American Classics With a Maple Twist

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Strawberry Maple Slushee
Sweet n' Spicy Maple Lemon Drop
Spice Cupcakes With Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Maple Rosemary Turkey Burgers
Mixed Greens With Oranges, Cashews and Maple Vinaigrette

(Family Features) - Pure maple syrup has been a part of North American life since before the continent was settled by Europeans. Pure maple syrup's uses go beyond morning pancakes or waffles - it adds depth of flavor and complexity to everything from beverages and main dishes to salads and desserts.

Pure maple syrup is 100 percent natural and free of any coloring or additives (make sure you buy the right stuff!). It has fewer calories than corn syrup or honey, and it does not contain any high fructose corn syrup. It also contains vitamins and antioxidants, which can delay or prevent free radical induced diseases.

These recipes liven up classic American favorites with the subtle sweetness of maple.

For more recipes, visit www.purecanadamaple.com.

Sticky facts about maple syrup

  • With its forests brimming with majestic red, black and sugar maples, Canada has just the right mix of cold spring nights and warm daytime temperatures to produce the clear-colored sap used to make maple syrup.

  • The maple harvest season only lasts for a period of about 12 to 20 days, usually in early March to the end of April.

  • Canada produces 80 percent of maple syrup sold in the world, 91 percent of which is produced in Quebec.

  • There are 8,600 maple syrup producers in Canada.

  • Forty liters of maple sap make one liter of maple syrup.

100 percent pure maple syrup can also be used as a healthier alternative to sugar in a variety of desserts and baked goods, such as pies and cakes. To do so, substitute sugar for an equal amount of maple syrup. For each cup of syrup, reduce the quantity of liquid ingredients in the recipe (water, milk, juice) by about a quarter of a cup. Maple syrup may also serve as a one-to-one substitution for other liquid sweeteners, such as honey, molasses and corn syrup.

Strawberry Maple Slushee

Ingredients
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • 12 strawberries
  • Ice cubes

Preparation
    1. In a blender, combine orange juice and maple syrup.
    2. Add strawberries and a generous handful of ice cubes. Blend on pulse and pour into frosted glasses.
    3. Garnish with a strawberry and savor one sip at a time.

Sweet n' Spicy Maple Lemon Drop

Description
Recipe Courtesy of John Rothstein, Beverage Manager & Mixologist, Buddakan Restaurant NYC

Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 ounces tequila
  • 1 1/2 ounces Sauvignon Blanc
  • 3/4 ounce jalapeño infused elderflower liqueur (i.e. Saint-Germain Liqueur)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce 100% pure light maple syrup

Preparation
    1. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
    2. Shake and strain into chilled martini glass.
    3. Garnish with a lemon spiral.

Spice Cupcakes With Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
Frosting
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup

Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
    2. In medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. In large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, for about 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well and scraping down bowl after each addition. Add vanilla and maple syrup and mix well on high speed.
    3. In three parts, alternately add dry ingredients and buttermilk to batter, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix until just combined.
    4. Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Fill each cup to the top with batter. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove to a baking rack and cool completely. Ice with cream cheese frosting.
    5. To make frosting: Cream together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in powdered sugar. Add maple syrup and beat until smooth. Garnish with orange spiral.

Serves
Makes 12 cupcakes

Maple Rosemary Turkey Burgers

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls
  • Your favorite condiments

Preparation
    1. Preheat grill on medium. In bowl, combine ground turkey, egg, rosemary, maple syrup, bread crumbs and seasonings. Divide meat into 4 equal parts and form into patties. Baste with olive oil and grill on low heat for 4 minutes on each side until fully cooked through.
    2. Serve on hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls with your favorite condiments.

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Serving suggestion: These hamburgers will taste even better with a side of roasted peppers, a crunchy green salad mix or roasted veggies.

Mixed Greens With Oranges, Cashews and Maple Vinaigrette

Ingredients
  • 1 head lettuce (loose-leaf or romaine)
  • 2 endives
  • 1 apple
  • 1 red onion, sliced in rings
  • 1 or 2 Mandarin oranges
  • 1/2 cup yellow or red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cashew nuts, whole
  • 3 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Vinaigrette
  • 4 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation
    1. Wash and dry lettuce. Remove endive leaves and set aside.
    2. Halve the apple, remove the core and slice.
    3. Mix apple slices with raisins and lemon juice.
    4. Add segments of the peeled mandarin oranges, lettuce, endive leaves, onion rings, yellow or red pepper and cashew nuts. Sprinkle with maple vinaigrette and serve.
    5. Vinaigrette: Mix salt, pepper and mustard. Add vinegar and mix well to dissolve the salt. Add oil and maple syrup. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Serves
Yield 4 servings

SOURCE: The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers



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