We're not sure about you, but we love maple syrup. Not only does it feel like such a treat when poured onto pancakes, French toast and ice cream, but it’s also super versatile and adds fragrant depths of caramel flavour to a variety of sweet and savoury dishes.
In honour of National Canada Day, we’re dousing all of our favourite foods with Canada’s most delicious export: sticky, shiny maple syrup.
Maple syrup is made by extracting the sap from maple trees during the spring when the trees reach their highest sap content. This watery sap is then evaporated down to make the sweet, oozing maple syrup we all know and love. Fun fact: it takes 30 to 40 litres of maple sap to make just one litre of maple syrup!
From roasted meats to vegan salads and (of course) waffles, check out our fave maple syrup recipes below.
Cauliflower cous cous
Cauliflower can taste slightly bitter when raw, but that works perfectly with our curried maple dressing in this low-carb cous cous salad. Chopped pistachios, almonds and pomegranate seeds add bite and complimenting textures, but that sweet, sticky curry dressing is the real star of the show here. Serve at a summer BBQ, and be sure to save some for lunch the next day...
Maple pecan overnight oats
Maple syrup and pecans are a classic Canadian flavour combo, and these overnight oats with vanilla and blueberries are like the ultimate fluffy pancakes in oatmeal form! Whip it up the night before and let the oats soak in the fridge to help them soften up into a lovely, chunky porridge.
Orange, raspberry & almond cake
Maple syrup replaces standard sugar in this ultra luxurious, orange-syrup laden cake. With its frangipane-like texture and juicy raspberries, this sweet and subtle cake makes a brilliant dinner party show-piece. Add a dollop of yogurt on the side and you've got yourself a winning dessert.
Waffle stack with maple berry compote
Waffles, anyone? Use our fresh waffle recipe to mop up this sweet and tart berry compote-meets-maple syrup. What more could you possibly want?
Spatchcock chicken with Caesar salad
Imagine having a whole roast chicken on the table, with sides, in 70 minutes… Well you can! Spatchcock that bird, smother it with our maple and mustard marinade, and pop it in the oven for 45 minutes and you’re on to a guaranteed winner. Partner your juicy, glazed chicken with a wholesome and fresh Caesar salad for sheer mealtime magnificence.
toffee nut ice cream with maple syrup
If you've never made ice cream before, this is a good place to start. No ice cream maker needed, no stirring necessary, this nutty, crunchy toffee ice cream is taken to the next level with a hit of sweet maply syrup to finish. Pure indulgence, but so worth it.