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Please Smear Maple Butter on Toasted Muffins

We have a small ask of you. Please smear maple butter on your toasted muffins. This simple, one ingredient wonder packs a powerful flavor that soaks into warm, crisp muffins for a why-haven’t-I-been-doing-this-my-whole-life treat. It’s the unofficial New England delicacy and we need you to know about it.

Maple butter is maple syrup whipped into a luxuriously creamy consistency. It doesn’t involve any flavor additives or dairy. Though simple, a spoonful of this maple product goes a long way. And, of course, it’s not just for muffins. Maple butter can be enjoyed on its own when your sweet tooth needs instant satisfying, or as a dip for pretzels and fresh fruit. It’s a no-mess option when you want the maple flavor on pancakes without a maple pool on your plate. (To achieve this, smear maple butter on your pancakes for a more concise maple to pancake ratio.)

But if there’s one way we can encourage you to eat maple butter, it is on a toasted muffin. Preferably a toasted blueberry muffin.

Blueberries grow favorably in New England. They’re native to the region so you’ll find these azure gems celebrated in pancake batter and dotting muffin tops. Combined with maple this pastry is the ultimate taste of New England.

Eating a muffin straight from the sleeve on your morning commute or at a coffee shop is the classic can’t-go-wrong way to enjoy a muffin. But if you have time, or if it’s on the menu, toast your muffin. In a skillet over medium-high heat melt a knob of unsalted (or salted!) butter. Slice your muffin in half lengthwise and place them in the pool of melted butter face side down. Toast for 5-7 minutes until golden and crispy.

While this muffin eating experience will be elevated, we urge you to go further and smear maple butter atop the face of the toasted muffin. Why are we so adamant about this? Because it’s like eating a slice of cake for breakfast. It tastes decadent. Because it can be dessert or a snack that tastes like dessert that you pulled off in less than 10 minutes. Because the toasted muffin absorbs the maple butter for bite after bite of flavor. Because it revives day old muffins, or a batch of muffins that can use a little something extra. Because it’s quick to make, no nonsense, and delivers on flavor.

So, please, whatever you do, smear maple butter on toasted muffins. Trust us.