Roland Del Monte
Pastry chef and ice cream maker
Few ingredients can claim to be as delicious AND as versatile as maple. From main course to appetizer, drinks and dessert, maple’s unique flavour and range of textures lend it to a virtually infinite variety of combinations. No wonder so many leading chefs have added it to their repertoires!
This is not only the case in great restaurants but in home kitchens as well. Maple has its place in comfort food as much as in refined cuisine. A flavour-enhancer par excellence, maple bears the distinct advantage of being a beneficial replacement for sugar and all other usual sweeteners in any recipe.
For most recipes, maple syrup can easily be used to replace an equal amount of sugar. To substitute for a cup of sugar, just reduce the quantity to 60 ml (¼ cup) of liquid in the recipe. If syrup is to be used to replace a liquid sweetener like honey or agave syrup, just keep the quantity the same.
*This method works for most recipes. It may not, however, be suitable for pastry recipes that use large amounts of sugar.
Maple is a special addition to any recipe, from appetizer to dessert. Find one that’s perfect for you or your occasion!