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ORANGE INFUSED MAPLE SYRUP – A GREAT WAY TO ADD AN EXTRA FRESH BOOST OF FLAVOR TO YOUR BREAKFAST TREATS!
Maple syrup….the breakfast condiment of breakfast condiments. Great on pancakes, waffles, french toast and fried chicken. I know, fried chicken you ask? It’s good, I promise. Fried chicken and waffles is one of my absolute favorite breakfast dishes ever.
This recipe is incredibly easy and so versatile. It’s a great spin on our regular old maple syrup. You know, sometimes you just want to add an extra boost of flavor, right? AND, orange is not the only flavor you can make. Below the recipe, I’ve listed a number of different variations; the flavor profiles you can use are endless! Well, I’m sure there is an end, but you’ll probably never get there. And they are not only for breakfast. Think a duck breast with orange and cinnamon infused maple syrup, or a pork chop with jalapeno infused maple syrup. YUM right? It is a great opportunity to let your creativity shine.
But today we are making orange infused maple syrup so let’s get on with it.
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
6 pieces orange peel
Place the maple syrup and orange peels in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Use a vegetable peeler to peel off pieces of an orange peel. This will prevent you from getting the pith, which can be bitter. If you need more syrup, this recipe can be doubled, tripled, etc., just use the same ratios.
Once maple syrup has come to a simmer, remove from heat and let seep for 10-20 minutes. Place in a jar and store in the refrigerate. The maple syrup should keep indefinitely in the fridge. I like to leave the peel in the jar and let the flavor become more intense over time. However, you will get great results if you decide to strain the orange infused maple syrup as well.
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The best part of this recipe is that it works for any type of flavor infusion. There are so many different wonderful flavors you can use. I’ve included some great ideas below, but these are just a starting point – be creative! The steps are the same as the orange infused maple syrup above. Just switch out the ingredients.
Lemon infused: 1/2 cup maple syrup, 6 pieces lemon peel.
Berry infused: 1 cup maple syrup, 1/2 cup berries (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, etc).
Pomegranate infused: 1 cup maple syrup, 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds.
Vanilla infused: 1 cup maple syrup, 1 whole vanilla bean pod.
Cinnamon/clove infused: 1 cup maple syrup, 1/4 stick cinnamon, 2 whole cloves. You will want to strain this infusion before storing in the fridge.
Bacon infused: 1 cup maple syrup, 1/2 -1 piece cooked bacon. Keep in mind that this syrup will not keep indefinitely due to the addition of bacon.
Cinnamon/orange: 1 cup maple syrup, 10 pieces orange peel, 1/4 stick cinnamon. This is my personal favorite.
Jalapeño: 1 cup maple syrup, 1/2 jalapeno.
The possibilities are endless. Savory dishes can be served with maple syrup infused with cardamom, star anise, red pepper, rosemary, thyme, the list goes on.
I’d love to hear your experience with flavor infused maples syrups – what have been some of your favorites? Have you used them on any savory dishes? How do you like this orange infused maple syrup?
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