Remember – maple syrup is not just for pancakes and waffles. Maple syrup can be substituted for white sugar one-to-one (1 cup of sugar = 1 cup of maple syrup). Anything you can make with white sugar can be made better with maple syrup!
Maple Syrup Pie
Pastry dough on bottom only, then
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs at room temperature
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup pure maple syrup (preferably dark amber)
2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
Accompaniment:crème fraîche or unsweetened whipped cream
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Roll out dough into an 11-inch round on a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin and fit into an 8-inch (3-cup) glass pie plate. Trim excess dough and crimp edges decoratively.
Whisk together brown sugar and eggs until creamy. Add cream, syrup, and butter, then whisk until smooth. Pour filling into pie shell.
Bake pie in lower third of oven until pastry is golden and filling is puffed and looks dry but still trembles, 50 to 60 minutes. Cool on a rack to room temperature (filling will set as pie cools).
Marvelous March Maple Munching Muffins
pre-heat oven to 400 F
1. Mix together: 1 3/4 cup flour (1 cup white & 3/4 cup wheat is nice); 2 tsp. baking powder; 1 tsp. baking soda; 1/2 tsp. salt
2. Beat (in another bowl): 1/2 cup butter (melted or softened); 3/4 cup maple syrup (dark is best); 1 cup sour cream; 1 egg
3. Stir-in 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
4. Add dry ingredients to wet, stir until blended and, then:
-Pour into greased muffin tin
– Cook for 15-18 minutes if regular sized and 10 minutes if mini-muffin sized
Maple Health Benefits:
A just-published study has found that the sap of the maple tree — that’s right, maple syrup — has some amazing anti-cancer properties.
Researchers were so impressed by how effectively this sweet substance was able to trounce the growth of colon cancer cells that they even suggested that maple syrup could be used in place of conventional treatments!
And that’s not all. Maple syrup has been found to be a formidable foe in fighting diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s, and it can even help cure infections by enhancing the power of antibiotics.
While you’ve probably been told that all sweeteners are the same — be it sugar, corn syrup, or that laboratory concoction high fructose corn syrup — that’s just not true!
And even though you don’t want to go crazy pouring maple syrup on everything, with what we now know about the health benefits of this delicious tree sap, there’s no reason not to use it whenever you reach for a sweetener.
Sweet and healthy!
The sap of the maple tree contains “complex components that are things we also need to stay healthy,” just as it keeps the tree healthy, according to expert Helen Thomas.
But what’s even more important are the diseases that this sweet elixir can help prevent and treat that have nothing at all to do with trees.
Take Alzheimer’s, for instance.
It turns out that this sticky syrup contains a compound that can stop the development of brain plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, in its tracks. It’s also found to be effective in treating the “misfolded proteins” found in the brains of those with other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s.
The researchers from the University of Toronto who made that discovery also believe that even if someone already has the disease, the compounds in maple syrup may keep it in check by preventing further tangling or clumping of these defective proteins.
Then, there’s what maple syrup can do in helping to treat infections. As you know, the overuse of antibiotics is largely responsible for the emergence of those superbugs — the bacteria that scientists are predicting will make even routine surgeries into life-and-death propositions.
But by using an extract derived from maple syrup, researchers at Montreal’s McGill University found that they were able to make antibiotics work better in laboratory tests.
On its own, the maple compound was somewhat effective in killing disease-causing bacteria. But when combined with commonly used antibiotics, it supercharged the drugs, so less of each had to be used. And the fewer antibiotics we need, the more chance we have of halting this superbug crisis before it overwhelms us!
It’s already known that maple syrup contains more than 20 disease-fighting compounds. It could even beat the best fruits and veggies out there, such as broccoli and blueberries, in its ability to ward off diseases.
And believe it or not, one of those turns out to be diabetes. Studies have found maple syrup — a sweetener! — can actually help prevent it by promoting the release of insulin.
Now, a new study has found that this miraculous tree sap can even help fight the big C.
Japanese researchers are reporting that the assorted vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other compounds in maple syrup can actually inhibit the growth of human colon cancer cells. The scientists even said that it might be “suitable as a phytomedicine” (a medicinal derived from plants) that could be used in place of risky cancer treatments.
And five years ago, another maple compound, called “quebecol,” was found to be as potent as the chemo drug tamoxifen (used to treat breast cancer)… but without the side effects!
It’s obvious that maple syrup is amazingly complex and much more than just something to pour on pancakes. And now that you know how powerful this tasty nectar is, it makes sense to use it in place of sugar and even honey.
Add some to your morning oatmeal… try it in tea… or mix it into plain yogurt. You can also use maple syrup in your cooking — in chicken, pork, or an exotic sweet and sour shrimp dish.
But watch out for fakes that contain corn syrup or HFCS, which are usually sold in the same aisle as the real deal. Just be sure the label says it is 100 percent pure maple syrup.