American Classics With Maple Syrup

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Pure maple syrup has been a part of North American life since before the continent was settled by Europeans. Pure maple syrup’s uses go beyond morning pancakes or waffles — it adds depth of flavor and complexity to everything from beverages and main dishes to salads and desserts.

Pure maple syrup is 100 percent natural and free of any coloring or additives (make sure you buy the right stuff!). It has fewer calories than corn syrup or honey, and it does not contain any high fructose corn syrup. It also contains vitamins and antioxidants, which can delay or prevent free radical induced diseases.

These recipes liven up classic American favorites with the subtle sweetness of maple. For more recipes, visit www.purecanadamaple.com.

Strawberry Maple Slushee

1 cup orange juice

1/2 cup 100% pure maple syrup

12 strawberries

Ice cubes

In a blender, combine orange juice and maple syrup. Add strawberries and a generous handful of ice cubes. Blend on pulse and pour into frosted glasses. Garnish with a strawberry and savor one sip at a time.

Spice Cupcakes W/Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes 12 cupcakes

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

3 large eggs, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup

1/2 cup buttermilk

Frosting

1, 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 cup butter, room temperature

1 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup

Preheat oven to 325 degree.

In medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. In large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, for about 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well and scraping down bowl after each addition. Add vanilla and maple syrup and mix well on high speed.

In three parts, alternately add dry ingredients and buttermilk to batter, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix until just combined.

Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Fill each cup to the top with batter. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove to a baking rack and cool completely. Ice with cream cheese frosting.

To make frosting: Cream together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in powdered sugar. Add maple syrup and beat until smooth. Garnish with orange spiral.

Maple Rosemary Turkey Burgers

Yield: 4 servings

1-1/4 pounds ground turkey

1 beaten egg

3 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped

1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup

1/2 cup bread crumbs

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls

Your favorite condiments

Preheat grill on medium. In bowl, combine ground turkey, egg, rosemary, maple syrup, bread crumbs and seasonings. Divide meat into 4 equal parts and form into patties. Baste with olive oil and grill on low heat for 4 minutes on each side until fully cooked through.

Serve on hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls with your favorite condiments.

Serving suggestion: These hamburgers will taste even better with a side of roasted peppers, a crunchy green salad mix or roasted veggies.

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