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Maple Makes the Holiday Meal

Dec 13, 2023 | Cooking with Maple

Make Maple the Star This Holiday Season!

Show off your homemade maple this holiday season with specialty food and drinks. Below is a round-up of our favorite recipes that highlight maple in our holiday celebrations.

Latkes and Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 4 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Latkes, use your favorite latke recipe! We love this NYTimes Cooking recipe. If you don’t have access to that, any basic latke recipe will do!

Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce: wisk together 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 3 Tbsp dijon mustard, 4 teaspoons maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Maple Syrup Pie

Maple Syrup Pie

  • Pie crust
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 400°F. Whisk cornstarch and water in a saucepan until smooth. Then whisk in your syrup. Bring the whole mixture to a boil and cook thickened, for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Cool.

Transfer cooled maple syrup filling to pie crust. Bake at 350°F for about 35-40 minutes until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling.

Cranberry Maple Tart

Cranberry Maple Tart

  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/8 cup flour
  • Pie crust

Mix 1 heaping cup wild (whole) or not (halved) cranberries with 1/3 cup maple syrup and 1/8 cup flour. Roll enough pie crust out for a 9” pie plate and place on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Place cranberry mixture in the middle and, moving in a circle, fold the crust over the mixture, leaving an opening in the middle for venting. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Maple Apple Cider Doughnuts

Maple Apple Cider Doughnuts

  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup maple sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • Neutral oil for frying
  • Maple sugar for coating doughnuts – about 1 cup

Stir the yeast with warm milk and allow to proof for about 5 minutes until foamy. In a stand mixer, beat eggs, butter, sugar, and salt into the milk mixture. Slowly mix in the flour, a cup or so at a time. Knead on a floured surface until smooth. Place in a greased bowl and cover until double in size, about 1 hour

Roll out dough into ½ inch thickness. Cut doughnuts with a round cutter, (or drinking glass) about 3 inches in diameter. Then cut a small hole in the middle, a shot glass works well here if you don’t have a small cutter.

Cover doughnuts and let rise until slightly puffed, about 45 more minutes.

Heat oil in a Dutch oven to about 375°F. Carefully fry doughnuts, about 1 minute per side, until deep golden brown. Gently toss in maple sugar until coated. Let cool and enjoy!

Maple Apple Coffee Cake

  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 small apples, skin on, cored and chopped

Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon salt and nutmeg. Cut in butter. Mix in oats. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, maple syrup and buttermilk. Combine two and whisk for 30 seconds. Add in chopped apples. Pour in greased baking dish. Top with a mixture of 2 teaspoons soft butter, 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, 2 tablespoons brown sugar or granulated maple sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 cup oats. Bake in a 350°F oven for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Maple Old Fashioned

Maple Old Fashioned

Pour 2 oz bourbon, 3-4 shakes of angostura bitters (or 1/2 oz Hooker Mountain Farm Distillery Drifter Bitters) and 1/2 oz maple syrup in a rocks glass. Stir to combine. Add ice and garnish with an orange twist and a cherry. Good any old time!

Maple Mulled Wine

Heat red wine in a saucepan with strips of orange and lemon zest, 2 cinnamon sticks, 3 cloves, a handful of cardamom pods, and maple syrup to taste (we liked ½ cup). Ladle into mug or handled glass. Breathe. Sip. Repeat.


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