Marvelous maple recipes
Maple syrup is a Canadian institution: more than 80% of the world's maple syrup supply is made in Quebec, which produces almost 25 million litres of the syrup annually.
Production usually takes place between February and April, providing weather conditions are favourable. Trees are "tapped," with small holes drilled into the trunks and either a traditional tap and bucket used to collect the sap, or a more modern plastic tube set-up used to collect the run-off. The sap is then boiled, and turned into syrup, candy or taffy, depending on how long the sap is boiled.
The most commonly tapped trees are sugar and black maple, for their high sugar content, although any maple tree can produce syrup. It takes approximately 40 litres of sap to produce 1 litre of syrup, and each tapped tree produces approximately 1 litre of syrup per season.
Delicious for dinner
- Caramelized sweet potato soup with maple
Chef Michael Mansfield of Restaurant Tony de Luca shares one of his delicious recipes.
- Cranberry glazed ribs
Recipes inspired by Canada's wine country to chase away the chill of first frost
- Maple spice cake with butterscotch maple sauce and sugared pecans
Developed by up-and-coming Canadian chef Gordon Bailey for Sugar Moon Farm, this dessert will more than satisfy any sweet tooth.
- Maple squash
Nothing says Canadian more than maple syrup, and when blended into a fall favourite such as this squash, it turns Rose Murray's familiar dish into a make-ahead classic that's perfect for entertaining.
- Maple-glazed salmon
Linda Stephen, author of The Best Convection Oven Cookbook (Robert Rose, 2003), says that you can also use trout or salmon trout in this recipe from her book.
- Maple mustard wings
Serve this sweet and tangy appetizer with vegetable sticks such as carrots, celery and cucumber.
- Maple-glazed rutabaga and parsnips
Homey favourites such as rutabagas, turnips, carrots and onions can get this glaze treatment.
- Dijon-maple glazed ham
- Glazed hams make impressive centrepieces for family get-togethers, and the leftovers can make meal preparation later in the week much easier, too. This particular glaze is flavourful and glossy.
- Maple-pecan butternut squash wedges
This divine side dish is destined to become a dinner classic.
- Maple truffles
Enjoy these tasty morsels of creamy maple fudge rolled in chocolate and walnuts with a glass of Quebec's unique apple ice wine as a sweet ending to a meal.
- Individual maple walnut cheesecakes
Dark maple syrups, such as medium or amber, offer deep maple flavour. Use a 12-portion mini-cheesecake pan (available through Ottawa-based Ashton Green) or follow our variation.
- Maple custard ice cream
Finish your any feast with this sweet and patriotic ice cream.
- Maple butter tarts
Whether you like your filling gooey or custardy, this recipe covers all variations on the classic tart
- Maple pecan fudge
Try this delicious (and decadent!) dessert
- Maple walnut waffles
Start the weekend off on a sweet note with warm maple walnut waffles. Top with vanilla yogurt, maple syrup and a sprinkle of toasted walnuts.