Cooking with maple syrup
The nutty, vanilla-like flavour of maple syrup lends itself to so many recipes.
From indulgent desserts like American pancakes to sauces, rubs and glazes for poultry, meat, seafood and vegetables, pure maple syrup is such a versatile and fun ingredient to cook with.
Whether you regularly use maple syrup or are cooking with it for the first time, there are some important things to be aware of to ensure you get the most out of your culinary creations.
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Cooking with maple syrup
Maple syrup is often used in recipes as a natural and healthier alternative to other sweeteners like table sugar, honey and golden syrup.
Generally, pure maple syrup can be substituted for other liquid sweeteners in a 1:1 ratio, however when using granulated sweeteners like table sugar you will need to reduce the amount of maple.
Maple syrup vs sugar
Maple syrup serves as a healthier and more sustainable alternative to refined sugars, with studies suggesting the natural sweetener is better for your cardiometabolic health.
If you’re looking to replace table sugar with maple syrup in a recipe, you should use ¾ cup of maple syrup for every full cup of sugar.
You should also reduce the quantity of other liquid ingredients in the recipe by about ¼ cup and lower the baking temperature by 10°C.
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Maple syrup vs honey
Maple syrup and honey are two popular sweeteners that are often used as natural alternatives to table sugar.
The two liquid sweeteners have similar textures, and can therefore be substituted for one another in a 1:1 ratio.
As a completely natural ingredient, maple syrup serves as an excellent vegan substitute for honey.
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Maple syrup vs golden syrup
As two thick, amber-coloured liquids with similar names, maple syrup and golden syrup are often confused with one another.
However, there are a number of important differences between the two sweeteners, namely in terms of taste and nutritional value.
Golden syrup and maple syrup can be substituted in a 1:1 ratio, however you may choose to use slightly less maple syrup to maintain the same consistency.
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Storing maple syrup
If you have some maple syrup that you plan on using in your cooking or baking, you’ll be glad to hear that a bottle can last up to a year after being opened with proper storage.
Storing an opened bottle of maple syrup in the fridge will help to preserve freshness for six months to a year, and you can always store the bottle in the freezer if you need it to last longer.
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Hundreds of Delicious Recipes
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