## Hearty Midwest Maple Syrup Recipes

## Maple Syrup Cake [1]

Ruth Smiley of Parke County, Indiana, gave us her recipe for Maple Syrup Cake, which she makes in a fluted tube pan. We mixed up an easy maple syrup icing to drizzle over the top. Ruth's family produces maple syrup on land that's been in the family for five generations.

## Apple Pie Pancakes [5]

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 [9]

Traditional sticky buns not quite sweet enough for you? Add sweet potato, maple syrup and syrupy pecans.

## Maple Date Nut Bread [13]

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 Date Nut Bread [14]

## Maple Oatmeal Muffins [17]

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 [21]

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 [25]

Maple syrup sweetens this easy meal in a skillet. Fresh fruit or a tossed salad completes the meal.

## Maple Butter Twists [29]

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.

Maple Butter Twists [30]

## Morning Pecan Casserole [33]

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 [37]

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 [41]

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 Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri.

## Gingered Pumpkin Soup [45]

Maple syrup adds sweetness to Gingered Pumpkin Soup, which makes a creamy side dish or appetizer.

## Pork Chops with Pear-Maple Sauce [49]

Maple syrup and pears blend for a tasty accompaniment to skillet-cooked chops.

## Grammy's Wild Rice Porridge [53]

For easy morning prep, cook the wild rice the day before. The next day, start at Step 3.

## Four-Grain Pancakes [57]

Whole-wheat flour, rolled oats, cornmeal and wheat germ give these buttermilk pancakes great flavor and texture.

Four-Grain Pancakes [58]

## Maple-Apple Pudding Bake [61]

The Wisconsin Maple Producers created this recipe to showcase maple syrup and juicy apples in a moist, rich dessert.

## Apple Maple Cream Pie [65]

Maple syrup adds a delicious twist to this apple pie. The recipe is from an Indianapolis bakery.

## More maple syrup recipes [69]

Breakfast Monkey-Bread Rolls [70]

Fruit and Maple Nut Granola [71]

Maple-Pecan Scones [72]

Maple Soda [74]

Maple Meat Loaf [75]