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2 Awesome Ways to Jazz Up Maple Syrup

When plain maple syrup just isn’t enough.
By Published Nov. 11, 2022

I can’t think of anything I’d rather top my waffles with than maple syrup—and I don’t think you can either.

But even a food as perfect as maple syrup can be improved upon. How?

Flavor your maple syrup.

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Infusing maple syrup with some pantry-friendly mix-ins is a quick, easy, and delicious way to switch up the same old waffle (or pancake or French toast) routine. Sure, it’s not as snappy as pouring plain syrup right from the bottle, but making it involves just 10 minutes of mostly hands-off work—and the payoff is incredible.

Our apple-cinnamon syrup combines maple syrup with apple jelly and ground cinnamon for a fall-friendly take on the topping, while the cozy butter-pecan syrup takes your taste buds to the ice cream shop. A quick 5-minute simmer thickens each syrup while letting all the flavors meld.

You’ll find these flavored maple syrups mouthwatering in their own right, but they’re just the beginning of a wonderful world of infused syrups . . . chai-spiced syrup, anyone?

Apple-Cinnamon Syrup

In medium saucepan, combine ¾ cup maple syrup, 2 tablespoons apple jelly, ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon, and pinch table salt. Whisk until well combined. Bring mixture to simmer over medium heat (small bubbles should break often across surface of mixture). Cook, whisking occasionally, until slightly thickened, 5 to 7 minutes.

Butter-Pecan Syrup

In medium saucepan, combine ¾ cup maple syrup, ¼ cup chopped pecans, 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract, ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon, and pinch table salt. Whisk until well combined. Cook mixture over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until slightly thickened, 5 to 7 minutes.

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