Fall has arrived, which means there’s a good chance you’re craving something sweet and wholesome. Maybe something with maple in it? While we’ve previously touted pumpkin spice (and for good reason) we here at Stonehenge NYC feel that delicious maple syrup deserves some credit too -  it’s not just for pancakes and waffles!

Here are three of our favorite maple recipes.

Maple Muffins:



Start your morning off right with these incredible maple muffins. They’re the perfect accompaniment to a brisk fall day in New York City.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
 

You’ll need a muffin baking tray and an oven preheated to 400°. Be sure to grease the tray or use greased paper muffin cups. Split this recipe into two parts. In one mixing bowl, combine your flour, baking soda, brown sugar, and salt. In a separate bowl toss your butter, vanilla extract, maple syrup, egg, and combine vigorously. 

Now, slowly pour your liquid mix into your dry ingredients, stirring with a spatula. You may not use all of your liquid. You want a nice batter that isn’t too watery. Now it’s time to fill your muffin cups about two-thirds of the way full, they'll plump up when you cook them. For an extra bit of flavor, you can sprinkle some sugar or chopped nuts on top of your muffins before baking.

These will take about 18 minutes to bake all the way through. Use a toothpick to check for readiness. When the toothpick comes out clean, they’re ready. Let them cool and enjoy!

Maple Bacon Coffee Cake:



If this doesn’t awaken your deep lust for maple, nothing will. Let’s dive into a truly decadent recipe. You’ll need to start by cooking five strips of bacon. This will make your apartment smell delicious. Be sure to cook a few extra to snack on while you bake, but don’t spoil your appetite.

To begin baking, preheat your oven to 350°  and gather the below:
  • 2-1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/3 cup of butter
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 1/2 of a cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 of a cup of your favorite applesauce
 

Combine your brown sugar, flour, and salt with a bit of butter. The goal here is to create a crumble for your topping, so only add enough butter that everything sticks together and becomes nice and, well, crumbly. Set about half of this aside and mix the rest in with your eggs, apple sauce, buttermilk, maple syrup, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 

Mix it all up with a spatula until smooth and spread it into a 13 x 9 baking dish. You can now chop up your bacon and mix it in and put it on top for a satisfying crunch! Don't forget to sprinkle your remaining crumble mix on top of your mixture! Put it in your oven for about 35 minutes, or until your toothpick comes back clean. Once it’s cooled down, cut this baby up and devour!

Maple Roasted Pecans:



Having some friends over for a little fall fling? Put out a bowl of these roasted pecans and they’ll think you’re some kind of food genius. These aren’t just quick and easy to make. They’re entirely delicious.

You’ll need:
  • 3 cups of pecans
  • ⅓ cup of maple syrup
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • 1 and ½ teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons of your favorite hot pepper sauce
  • 1 and ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of water
 

Preheat to 325° and put everything except your pecans in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring regularly. Reduce your heat and let it simmer for about 3 minutes. Before your mixture cools, drizzle it over your pecans in a large mixing bowl. Use a spatula to stir everything up until your pecans are thoroughly coated.

You’ll also need a large, greased baking pan. For easy cleanup, cover it with some aluminum foil. Roast these in the oven for 25 minutes. As always, let them cool a bit before eating. That said, they're pretty awesome when they're still warm too. These are best stored in an airtight container so you can make these in advance and bring them out whenever your guests are ready to have their minds blown by crunchy, maple-y goodness.