Saucin' all day long.
When fall approaches, the world seems to enter a pumpkin spice craze, where this autumnal spice blend pops up in things that it has no business being in. With maple syrup on the coattails of pumpkin spice, this pumpkin maple sauce truly gives you the best of both worlds. This sauce came to fruition when I was developing a baked brie recipe that needed something festive and sweet to drizzle over it. Once I realized how lovely the pumpkin maple sauce was, I had an epiphany of all the many ways that it could be used. The richness of the maple syrup combined with a heaping spoonful of pumpkin purée yields a magical sauce that can be used during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is lightly spiced and finished with pat of butter for a silky smooth consistency. All the ingredients simmer together on low, and within minutes, you have a fall-themed sauce with possibilities that are seemingly endless. Now, let's get saucin'.
Substitute the pumpkin maple syrup anywhere you might use maple syrup for an added kick of festive, warm flavors. Drizzle the sauce over French toast, pancakes, and waffles. You can jump-start your day with a tablespoon of the sauce in your coffee or tea, or add some spice to your post-exercise smoothie. If you make a fresh batch of biscuits, brush the sauce over the tops in the last 5 minutes of baking for a sweet glossy crust. It’s a good sweetener for Greek yogurt, overnight oats, warmed oatmeal, or porridge. Add a little flavor to your toasted bagel with a dollop of pumpkin maple sauce in your cream cheese. The ultimate breakfast come-up is to brush the sauce on your bacon and watch is form a crispy glaze on each strip.
Take your next PB&J up several notches by swirling in this sauce and send your kiddies off to school with the best packed lunch in town. Yep—that’s right, stir a heaping spoonful of the sauce in your preferred nut butter and then dip pretzels, celery sticks, and apple slices in it for a midday snack. Make a batch of freshly popped popcorn and coat it in the sauce for a candied-like crunch to munch on at work. Mix the sauce into your Dijon mustard, for a little honey-mustard-ish action, and smear it across your next deli sandwich. Slowly whisk in extra-virgin olive oil with an extra dash of salt into the sauce to make a quick vinaigrette for a salad.
Toss vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, parsnips, beets, carrots, and butternut squash, in the pumpkin maple sauce before you roast them in the oven. The coating of sauce will caramelize as the veggies roast at a high temperature. You can even rub the sauce over your meat, poultry, or seafood of choice, because an extra dose of pumpkin spice is always welcome. When it cooks, the sugar breaks down to create a sweet glaze over your meat and seafood. Despite all of the various ways that you can go to town with this flavor-packed sauce, we have a feeling that you might have a hard time keeping yourself from spooning it straight from the saucepan.