Last week I picked up some authentic maple syrup, the proper stuff without flavouring or corn syrup used as the main ingredient, because I really fancied it. I blame the Canadian Youtube vlogger I follow, Taylor R and who loves using maple syrup in her cooking -not the hilarious weird sweets she and fellow Canadian Sharla from Sharla In Japan make together - they are extremely good if you want a laugh, Taylor used to be in Japan but is now in Hong Kong, and Sharla is in Japan until February when she moves to South Korea. While I started watching them for being Japan vloggers, I'll keep watching them no matter where they live. They finally made something edible this year! I haven't binged watched Taylors shows, but seeing maple syrup being used made me want to have some, as I love the taste.
|Here be a maple tree! From an internet search, sadly they aren't native to England.|
I know there are cheaper versions around, and even a few which suggest they are maple syrup but actually aren't. A simple internet search will explain why the labour intensive syrup is so expensive - it takes a lot of time and effort to produce a small quantity of the dark sweet nectar that's quintessentially Canadian (Never thought I'd use that big a word in a blog post-yay!), and is totally worth it as a treat. Apparently maple syrup is three times sweeter than sugar, so you only need a little bit - I can confirm that it is deliciously sweet and I wish I could use it more often.
|A maple tree being tapped for the syrup|
I haven't made a pile of pancakes to drizzle/gush the syrup over, although I am hoping to make some waffles soon and drizzle it in the holes.
|I can almost taste them! Sorry if this makes you hungry...|
I tried it in milk and it was a tasty drink but quite mild, to get a strong flavour I'd either need to use a small cup or a large quantity of the maple syrup, which I don't want to do just yet. I'd love to hear if you like maple syrup and how you use it!
|Use the real maple syrup which only has maple syrup as an ingredient!|