Tapping into Creativity
Maple Shines in Tasty Delights
By Tom Long and Stacy Milbouer / Fiddlehead Contributing Editors
Maple syrup is more than just a topping for pancakes and waffles. The sweetener first harvested by Native Americans now adds flavor to cocktails, salad dressings, soaps, soft drinks, skin scrubs and a forest of other products that would boggle the mind of the area’s original woodland people.
Granite State Granola uses maple syrup from Babel’s Sugar Shack in Mason and Mapletree Farm in Concord to add an extra pop of flavor to its crunchy concoction.
Pickity Place, the “herb-alicious” hilltop eatery in Mason makes a habanero mix with maple. You can buy the ingredients in their gift shop.
Sugarmomma’s Farm in Northwood makes maple popcorn, maple hot sauce and other unusual treats.
The restaurant at Parker’s Maple Barn in Mason offers a side of maple-baked beans, and if that makes you thirsty, they also concoct a maple frappe that tastes like a creamy, cold shot of spring. But if you’re still trying to warm up, try the frothy Sap House Latte at Umami in Northwood using Deerfield’s Dill Family Farm syrup, or Schoodacs Coffee Shop in Warner makes a maple latte coffee.
Calef’s Country Store in Barrington makes a variety of maple drizzles, including maple cranberry, maple apple and maple blueberry – great for yogurt and ice cream. Sweets by Coolwoka in Exeter makes macarons flavored with dark maple syrup.
Laney & Lu, also in Exeter, serves up a wellness elixir called Boost made with spicy apple cider vinegar served with pure maple syrup.
In fact, New Hampshire Maple Producers association website, nhmapleproducers.com, provides recipes for barbecued ribs, sugar cookies, graham bread, ice cream and other foods made with maple syrup.
Of course, you may drip it over ice cream or add some snap to baked beans. Make a maple salad dressing by adding it to balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Add maple syrup and cinnamon to baked sweet potatoes, and you haven’t lived free or died until you’ve had a maple syrup fritter. And we all know bacon and maple syrup is a marriage made in hog heaven.
Home cooks have been known to put a splash of the syrup in pumpkin soup, scones and bread pudding. Others drizzle it over roast vegetables like squash before roasting.
Some sweeten whipped cream, stir it into oatmeal or add a little milk to concoct a sweet beverage that can compete with chocolate milk. Others stir it into coffee or teas, use it to flavor butter, cream or cream cheese frosting, drizzle it on yogurt or ice cream or stir it into polenta.
Creative chefs drizzle it over chicken or pork before roasting
Maple cream, sometimes called maple butter, is a semi-solid form of the syrup that may be spread on English muffins, toast, pretzels or other foods.
But maple syrup is not just for eating.
Candle Tree in Warner makes New Hampshire Maple Syrup soy candles, and Sugarmomma’s offers this recipe for maple sugar body scrub:
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
Container with tight fitting lid
Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Add the ingredients to a jar with a tight-fitting lid. In the shower, smooth body wash onto wet skin, rub in and wash off.