Hearty Midwest Maple Syrup Recipes
Apple Pie Pancakes
Apple pie spice, apple juice and apples give these pancakes a triple dose of fruit. Both pancakes and maple syrup have a rich tradition in the Midwest, where winter and spring festivals celebrate the syrup harvest.
Maple Sweet-Potato Sticky Buns
Traditional sticky buns not quite sweet enough for you? Add sweet potato, maple syrup and syrupy pecans.
Maple Date Nut Bread
Chopped and pitted dates stand out beside the hint of maple syrup in this dark brown, nutty quick bread. This recipe is from Ruth Smiley of Smiley Brothers maple syrup producers in Indiana.
Maple Oatmeal Muffins
You can taste the maple sweetness in these oatmeal muffins from the Hoosier (Indiana) Maple Syrup Cookbook. Cinnamon and pecans pack the breakfast or snack bread with even more flavor.
So-Creamy Sweet Potato Soup
Maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg add rich flavor to this blend of cooked sweet potatoes, cream and broth. "It's the best sweet potato soup," says recipe contributor Marie Rizzio of Interlochen, Michigan.
Sweet Potato-Pork Skillet
Maple syrup sweetens this easy meal in a skillet. Fresh fruit or a tossed salad completes the meal.
Maple Butter Twists
These breakfast rolls are a family tradition with Jean Haviland of Carroll, Iowa. "Mom always makes extra and freezes them for later. They're great for breakfast or any time of day!" she says.
Morning Pecan Casserole
A crunchy, pralinelike layer made with maple syrup tops this easy, make-ahead brunch dish with raisin-bread strata and pieces of sausage patties.
Bread Pudding with Maple Banana Sauce
This rich, make-ahead bread pudding recipe comes from the Eagle Ridge Inn & Resort in Galena, Illinois. The resort offers a Sunday brunch each week, including a lavish dessert table.
Cinnamon Carrots with Maple Thyme Butter
These sweet oven-roasted carrots are a perfect complement to a holiday menu, but they're easy enough to be a weeknight side. This comfort food recipe comes from Big Cedar Loge in Ridgedale, Missouri.
Gingered Pumpkin Soup
Maple syrup adds sweetness to Gingered Pumpkin Soup, which makes a creamy side dish or appetizer.
Pork Chops with Pear-Maple Sauce
Maple syrup and pears blend for a tasty accompaniment to skillet-cooked chops.
Grammy's Wild Rice Porridge
For easy morning prep, cook the wild rice the day before. The next day, start at Step 3.
Whole-wheat flour, rolled oats, cornmeal and wheat germ give these buttermilk pancakes great flavor and texture.
Maple-Apple Pudding Bake
Apple Maple Cream Pie
Maple syrup adds a delicious twist to this apple pie. The recipe is from an Indianapolis bakery.