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Maple Syrup Recipes

A few recipes from Appalachian Maple Recipes & Stories from the Mountains, available for purchase here.

Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

Hicks’ maple bacon cinnamon rolls took second place in the 2019 WV State Fair Savory Maple Contest.
2 large cans of cinnamon rolls
1½ cups Appalachian maple syrup
1 pkg bacon
1½ cups chopped nuts
Unroll cinnamon rolls and place them on a baking sheet. Place one strip of bacon onto each cinnamon roll. Cover cinnamon rolls with 1 cup maple syrup and roll back into cinnamon roll form. Bake according to package and until golden brown. Remove from oven and cover with more maple syrup. Put the cinnamon rolls back into the oven for about 4-5′. Cover with cinnamon roll topping from the package. Top with chopped nuts and remainder of maple syrup.
Samantha Hicks
Fayette County, WV

Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls illustration
Citrus Maple Soba Noodle Salad w/ Crispy Maple
Chicken or Roasted Maple Butternut Squash illustrati

Citrus Maple Soba Noodle Salad w/ Crispy Maple

Chicken or Roasted Maple Butternut Squash


Enjoy this soba salad recipe on its own or top it with either crispy maple chicken or roasted maple butternut squash.


Soba Salad

1 ten oz package soba noodles (thickness is your preference)

1 bunch green onion

1 cup toasted coconut

1 orange worth of orange juice and zest

1 lime, juiced

2 Tbs sesame seeds

4 Tbs Appalachian maple syrup

⅓ cup sesame oil

¼ cup tahini

½ cup coconut milk

Sea salt

Prepare soba noodles according to package directions. Drain noodles and run cold water over them until they are cool to the touch. While noodles are cooking, preheat oven to 350. Prepare a sheet pan and lay out the coconut on the pan. Toss the coconut in olive oil or oil of choice and place the pan in the oven to toast. The process should take 10-12′. In a separate bowl, whisk together maple syrup, coconut milk, tahini, sesame oil, orange juice and zest, lime juice, and sea salt. Once noodles are ready, combine toasted coconut, sesame seeds, and sliced green onion in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle sauce over the noodles and combine well.

Baked Maple Pork Loin
Hughart’s maple pork loin took first place in the 2019 WV State Fair Savory Maple Contest.

¼ cup Appalachian maple syrup
¼ cup ketchup
¼ tsp garlic powder
1-2 lb pork loin
Flour, enough to coat loin

Preheat oven to 350°. Heat oil in a skillet and turn meat to brown on all sides. Lay into a deep baking dish. Mix together syrup and ketchup, then pour over loin and sprinkle with garlic powder. Cover and bake in preheated oven for 45′-1 hour. The loin should be 170°.
Kathy Hughart
Greenbrier County, WV

Baked Maple Pork Loin illustration
Appalachian Maple Apple Spice illustration

Appalachian Maple Apple Spice


Hughart’s maple pork loin took first place in the 2019 WV State Fair Savory Maple Contest.

8 oz unpasteurized WV apple cider

¾ Tbs grass-fed organic butter

1 Tbs Appalachian maple syrup

1½ oz Smooth Ambler Old Scout® American Whiskey

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp sugar

Apple slice

Cinnamon sticks

Heat apple cider to a simmer and add butter to melt. Pour whiskey and maple syrup into a mug. Add cider and melted butter mixture and stir vigorously with a spoon. Coat apple slice in cinnamon/sugar mix and add to rim of the mug. Drop in a cinnamon stick and enjoy!

The Forks Inn

Elkins, WV

Kristin’s Maple Dream Cheesecake illustration

Kristin’s Maple Dream Cheesecake


Kristin Behrens, a baker at White Grass Café, literally dreamed about this recipe one night while sleeping. She came to work the next day and tried it. It turned out to be an awesome recipe and a favorite at the café!


1 cup graham cracker crumbs

½ cup finely chopped walnuts

5 Tbs melted butter

1 Tbs sugar

¼ tsp cinnamon

Mix crust ingredients together and press into the bottom of a 10″ springform pan. Wrap the springform pan with aluminum foil so that cake can be placed into a pan of water while baking (so water won’t leak into the cake). Set pan aside and prepare filling. While preparing the filling, boil 2 quarts of water to have hot so that the cake can be baked in a pan with water around the cake (about 1″ high). Preheat oven to 350˚.



4 eight oz packages cream cheese, room temp

⅓ cup sugar

6 eggs

⅔ cup Appalachian maple syrup

½ cup finely chopped walnuts

Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth at high speed. Add sugar while mixing. Drop mixer to a lower speed and add eggs, one at a time, mixing well. Combine maple syrup and nuts together in a small bowl and then gently stir into cheesecake, mixing as little as possible. Pour cheesecake batter into prepared crust and place cake into a baking pan with 2″ sides and pour hot water into the pan around the cake (NOT ON CAKE) until it reaches up about 1″ on side of the cake pan. Bake cake at 350˚ for about 50′ or until cake is set. Remove cake from hot water and cool, then refrigerate. Serve with Maple Dream Drizzle below.

Maple Dream Drizzle

⅓ cup Appalachian maple syrup

¼ cup finely chopped walnuts

Combine and drizzle over individual pieces of cake before serving.

Kristin Behrens

White Grass Café

Davis, WV

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