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Orange Maple Syrup

Sweet maple syrup flavored with fresh squeezed orange juice, orange zest, and a pinch of cinnamon.

Orange Maple Syrup from www.themessybakerblog.com

I’m back!

I decided I needed a break, so I took off the week of Thanksgiving to relax and spend some much needed time with Squirrel and my family. I hope all of you had a lovely Thanksgiving feast and stuffed yourself until your stretchy pants couldn’t stretch one stitch more.

I spent the week preparing for our feast, sipping wine, baking cookies, and decorating for Christmas. My little brother and I convinced my parents to buy us a “for reals” tree this year. I may not live with my parents, but I’m still a kid at heart. I even make my mom stuff a stocking for me. Each year she tries to get out of doing it, but I whine until I get my way. I’m evil (and spoiled).

I may not have posted anything last week, but I still spent a significant amount of time in the kitchen. Since the gift-giving season is upon us, I decided to create some recipes that make great gifts. Everyone loves food, so why not wrap it up and give it away as gifts during the holidays?

This orange-maple syrup is perfect for gifting.

Orange Maple Syrup from www.themessybakerblog.com

This recipe is extremely simple to throw together. It comes together in 5 minutes. All you’ll need for this recipe is a pot and a whisk.

Combine the maple syrup, orange juice, orange zest, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil and simmer until the syrup thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Take the syrup off the stove and allow the it to come to room temperature. Stir in the vanilla extract and pour the mixture into an 8-ounce (pint-size) mason jar. Slap a bow on it and it’s ready to be gifted.

Orange Maple Syrup from www.themessybakerblog.com

The sweet syrup has lovely orange flavor with a hint of spicy cinnamon in the background.

Orange Maple Syrup from www.themessybakerblog.com

Drizzle on pancakes, waffles, or french toast. Swirl it into coffee, tea, or your morning oatmeal. Glaze homemade donuts, cinnamon rolls, scones, or muffins.

Your friends and family will love you forever if you give them the gift of syrup.

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Orange Maple Syrup

Sweet maple syrup flavored with fresh squeezed orange juice, orange zest, and a pinch of cinnamon.

Yield: 8 ounces

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 6 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup Grade A maple syrup

1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 teaspoon orange zest

1 tablespoon brown sugar

pinch cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

In a small saucepan, bring the maple syrup, orange juice, orange zest, brown sugar, and cinnamon to a gentle boil over medium-low heat. Simmer, whisking occasionally, until the mixture thickens slightly, about 3 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to come to room temperature. Whisk in the vanilla syrup. Pour the mixture into an 8-ounce mason jar. Refrigerate until ready to use.

   

26 Responses to “Orange Maple Syrup”

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    Willow @ Will Cook For Friends — December 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I didn’t think maple syrup could get much better, but this sounds amazing! I love doing homemade gifts for Christmas, and will definitely be making a batch of this syrup this year (assuming I can resist eating it all myself). Happy post-Thanksgiving! :)

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    • Jennie replied December 5th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Me either. I just started throwing things in and the end result was delish! Thanks so much.

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — December 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    What a way to come back after Thanksgiving break – with such a deliciousness!! :) So glad you had a great time during the holiday weekend, Jennie.This syrup looks amazing!!

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    • Jennie replied December 5th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks, Anna!

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    ashley - baker by nature — December 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I want to drizzle and drip this on… well, EVERYTHING!!!

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    • Jennie replied December 5th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Go for it, Ashley! Thank you.

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — December 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    This is such a great idea for a food gift! I know my family would love getting a jar of this!

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    • Jennie replied December 5th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks, Jess. Who could resist a jar of sweet syrup?

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — December 2, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    bahahahaa I’m just like you about Christmas!

    love this as a gift idea-such a pretty and tasty treat!

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    • Jennie replied December 5th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      I’m Chirstmas obsessed. Thanks, Kayle!

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — December 2, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Yum, great combo. I also love to make a coffee/espresso maple syrup as a gift. I am so spoiled too! My mom still does stockings for me and my two brothers. We even got her to start doing it for our dogs too! Bad kids hahaha!

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    • Jennie replied December 5th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks, Stef! I need to bring the doggie stocking idea up to my mom. I’m sure it won’t go over well, but it’s worth a try.

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    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — December 3, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    How beautiful is this? I’ve been thinking about making some food gifts this year, and this is definitely something I can do! Can I ask where you got those cute little white spoons? I need something like that but haven’t been able to find any.

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    • Jennie replied December 5th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks, Lori! Crate and Barrel sells those cute little spoons for 95 cents.

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats — December 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I’ve never thought to flavor maple syrup…but this sounds totally delicious! I bet it would be perfect over my favorite chocolate chip pancakes ;)

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    • Jennie replied December 5th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks, Amy! It would be so yummy drizzled over chocolate chip pancakes, which is totally going to happen this weekend. Thanks for the idea!

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    Oge @ healthy food delivery — December 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I don’t know if it gets any better than a homemade, delicious gift in a pretty package. Thanks for a great idea Jennie!

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    • Jennie replied December 5th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks, Oge! I love receiving food gifts during the holiday season. Happy holidays!

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    Jenn and Seth — December 4, 2013 at 3:29 am

    this is such a great idea! sounds so wonderfully delicious – love the cinnamon in there!

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    • Jennie replied December 5th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks, Jenn and Seth! The cinnamon is my favorite part.

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    Laura Dembowski — December 4, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Oh, this looks so good! I’d have a hard time giving it as gifts because I’d want to eat it all :). I also convince my parents to do all kinds of things, am such a kid at heart, and am soooo spoiled. But I’m okay with that!

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    • Jennie replied December 5th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      I was supposed to gift the jar I made, but I’ve been swirling it into my oatmeal instead. I’m bad. Thanks, Laura!

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    shannon — December 5, 2013 at 11:28 am

    YUM. and welcome back! everyone needs a break every now and again. i think i said to mr. table over the holidays that i’m not sure why all of us food bloggers who also cook thanksgiving dinner don’t all want to jump in the SEA during this time of year; SO MUCH FOOD-MAKING! and it gets to be too much, for sure.
    this looks WONDERFUL: orange things are my jam in the winter; it makes everything so fresh, and i love that.

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    • Jennie replied December 5th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Girl, you’re not lying. My counters are covered with flour and my oven is full of cookies. I’m drowning in a pool of butter (which isn’t so bad, I guess).

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