Whatever regular ol’ butter can do, maple butter can do better. ;-) The touch of sweetness and caramel alters butter so magically that it’s hard to believe how simple it is to make.
Because maple butter has so few ingredients, it’s essential to ensure those ingredients are the best quality. You will want the real-deal Morley's Maple Syrup.
While you could simply mix maple syrup into a bit of softened butter, taking some extra time to cook it down makes a big difference. It concentrates the maple flavor so it’s bigger, better, and bolder. For a final touch, add a tiny bit of salt and cinnamon. It rounds out the fluffy, easy-to-make spread.
What’s the Difference Between Maple Butter and Maple Cream?
Although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, maple butter and maple cream are two distinct products. Maple butter is flavored butter and, at its simplest, is just soft butter mixed with maple syrup. Maple cream is made by heating maple syrup to a specific temperature (usually around 235°F), letting it cool until it begins to crystallize, then agitating it (by whisking or beating) until it forms a soft paste. Think of it as spreadable maple fudge!
What to Eat with Maple Butter?
The real question is what can't you use maple butter with? This sweet-salty spread is a delight on so many things. Try it in the following ways:
With freshly baked cornbread (or sweet corn blueberry muffins).
On roasted sweet potatoes, carrots, or butternut squash.
In a crispy chicken sandwich.
On toast with a sprinkle of cinnamon-sugar.
With banana bread or pumpkin bread.
On a stack of pancakes or waffles for a double-whammy of maple goodness.