If you love sweet heat, this spicy maple syrup is for you! It only takes 5 minutes and taste delicious on pancakes, waffles, and French toast.
Why You'll Love it:
Maple syrup is one of my favorite sweeteners! I drizzle it on pancakes, stir it into oatmeal, and even use it in vinaigrettes. It makes my breakfast-loving heart leap for joy.
Spicy maple syrup, dare I say it, tastes even better than the original. If you love sweet heat, you have to try this hot maple syrup! It's just two simple ingredients and takes 5 minutes to make.
Drizzle this chili maple syrup on pancakes, waffles, French toast, or even use it in savory recipes like roasted vegetables. It's easy to customize the heat level, just reduce or increase the amount of cayenne pepper.
Maple syrup - Look for maple syrup, not pancake syrup. Pancake syrup is just a mixture of corn syrup and caramel color. The only ingredient on the label should be maple syrup!
TIP: Maple syrup comes in four grades - golden, amber, dark, or very dark. The darker the color, the stronger the maple flavor!
Cayenne pepper - I tried sriracha and jalapeno peppers as well, but the cayenne tasted the best! And it was the easiest too. Cayenne peppers are about 12 times hotter than a jalapeno, so ground cayenne adds plenty of heat!
How to Make Hot Maple Syrup:
This spicy maple syrup recipe is super simple! I warmed it up so it would infuse quickly, but you don't have to. You can just whisk it together and use it immediately if you prefer.
Mix together: In a small saucepan, combine the maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Give it a taste to see if it's hot enough for you. If not, add a pinch more cayenne.
Heat: Heat the mixture over medium for 5 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
Serve: Use the spicy syrup immediately or store in a sealed jar in the fridge for later.
- The cayenne doesn't dissolve into the syrup. If you don't like the texture of the cayenne, you can strain the syrup while it's still warm.
- Adjust the heat level as desired. If you want the spice level to hit you in the face, add another ¼ teaspoon.
- You can swap the cayenne with crushed red pepper or ancho chili powder, but it won't be near as spicy! Cayenne will give you the most heat.
- If you don't like maple syrup, you can use pancake syrup instead. I highly recommend maple syrup though!
- If you need more spicy syrup, you can double or triple this recipe!
Ways to Use Spicy Maple Syrup:
- Drizzle it on pancakes, waffles, or French toast! Or a brunch fave, chicken and waffles.
- Serve it with breakfast sausage or bacon.
- Spoon it onto roasted vegetables or add it before you roast the veggies.
- Use as a topping for ice cream!
- Brush it on baby back ribs, pork tenderloin, pork chops, or even chicken for a sweet caramelized finish.
Let the spicy syrup cool first, then transfer to an airtight container or small jar with a lid.
Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
You can infuse maple syrup with instant coffee, ground chilies, fall spices like cinnamon, ginger, and clove, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, chia spices, or dried hibiscus! You can get creative with flavors and try adding rum or scotch too.
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Spicy Maple Syrup
- small saucepan optional
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper Note 1
- In a small saucepan, combine the maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine.
- Heat the maple syrup for 5 minutes over medium heat to infuse the flavor of the cayenne.
- Enjoy immediately or refrigerate and use within two weeks.