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This lusciously smooth maple glaze will elevate your baking to the next level. It’s the perfect topping for various treats, bringing a touch of glossy sheen and autumn warmth to your table. Whether you’re glazing doughnuts from your donut pan or adding a gourmet finish to scones, this recipe is a great way to enhance your creations!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Simple and Quick: Ready in just minutes, this glaze is a breeze to make with only a handful of ingredients.
  • Vegan Friendly: Using oat milk, this glaze is the real deal for plant-based diets.
  • Versatility: Not just for donuts! Drizzle it over a variety of desserts or breakfast dishes. Drizzle this smooth maple glaze over your favorite scones, cinnamon rolls, and cakey donuts, or use it as a pancake syrup!

Ingredients

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  • Powdered Sugar: Adds smoothness and sweetness, essential for a classic glaze.
  • Salt: Just a pinch to balance the sweetness.
  • Maple Syrup: Choose real maple syrup for the best quality and taste.
  • Oat Milk: Brings everything together at room temperature for a smooth blend.

Step-by-step Instructions: How To Make Maple Glaze

  1. Add dry ingredients to a small bowl and thoroughly combine. Pour in liquid ingredients.
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  1. Whisk together until well combined and clumps are gone.
  1. Drizzle over maple donuts, pumpkin bread, banana nut scones, or other delicious creations.

Recipe Variations

Looking to add a twist to this maple icing? Explore these delightful variations to suit any mood or occasion! Here’s the best way to spice things up!

  • Vanilla Twist: Enhance the glaze with a 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract for a deeper, aromatic flavor. This addition is perfect for bringing a subtle yet rich complexity to the glaze.
  • Brown Sugar: Incorporating brown sugar adds a caramel-like depth, enriching the overall flavor profile. It’s a great way to diversify the sweetness and add a hint of molasses.
  • Cinnamon Boost: A sprinkle of ground cinnamon can transform the glaze into a spiced marvel. This maple cinnamon glaze version is not just for autumn but can be a year-round favorite.
  • Powdered Sugar Alternatives: Monk fruit powdered sugar is an excellent alternative for those looking to reduce refined sugar intake. It keeps the glaze refined sugar-free while maintaining a smooth texture.
  • Maple Flavors: In the absence of pure maple syrup, maple extract can be used. Remember, the extract is more concentrated, so adjust the quantity accordingly for the best flavor. Avoid “maple flavor” as it often lacks the authentic taste of real maple.
  • Pumpkin Spice: Combining maple with pumpkin spice creates a uniquely delightful flavor. This variation is especially enticing during the fall but can add a special twist at any time of the year.

These variations ensure that your maple glaze can be adapted to different flavors, occasions, and dietary preferences, making it a versatile and essential recipe in your baking repertoire.

Serving Tips

This simple maple glaze recipe is perfect for donuts, muffins, homemade scones, and more!

  • Donuts: For donuts, I recommend simply dipping one side of the donut right into the small or medium bowl that the glaze is in. Dip it for 2-3 seconds, then place the glaze side up on a wire rack. 
  • Muffins & Scones: When it comes to scones and muffins, simply drizzling the glossy glaze over the baked goodies works well. However, if you are going for a more subtle glaze experience, I recommend using a spoon and drizzling it over. Enjoy this maple glaze on these banana nut scones, vegan pumpkin spice scones, or vegan blueberry muffins.

Storage Tips

Storing this sweet maple glaze is simple. Here are my top tips.

  • Fridge: Keep the glaze in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days. This method aligns with sustainable living practices and ensures longer freshness.
  • Room Temperature: I don’t recommend storing it at room temperature for more than an hour as it does contain oat milk.
Step-by-step photos for how to make maple glaze.

FAQ

What is maple glaze made of?

Maple glaze is typically made of powdered sugar, maple syrup, and a liquid to thin it out, which can be milk, water, or a plant-based milk alternative.

What is donut glaze made of?

Donut glaze is a sweet topping primarily made from powdered sugar, thinned to the desired consistency with liquids like milk, water, or cream. Flavorings, such as vanilla extract or citrus zest, can be added for an enhanced taste.

Can I use a different kind of milk?

Yes! While oat milk is used in this recipe, feel free to use almond milk, soy milk, or any other plant-based milk you choose.

Why does the recipe use sweet maple syrup instead of maple extract?

Most people don’t have maple extract on hand, so I opted for maple syrup instead, which many people tend to have in their pantries. Maple syrup works well and has a wonderful flavor. 

Is there an alternative to powdered sugar?

While powdered sugar gives the glaze its smooth consistency, you can also try a blend of maple syrup and monk fruit powdered sugar for a refined sugar-free option. 

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Recipe

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5 from 1 vote

Maple Glaze

Yield 8 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
This lusciously smooth maple glaze will elevate your baking to the next level. It's the perfect topping for various treats, bringing a touch of glossy sheen and autumn warmth to your table.

Ingredients 
 

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon oat milk, or your plant milk of choice

Instructions 

  • Add dry ingredients to a small bowl and thoroughly combine. Pour in liquid ingredients.
  • Whisk together until well combined and clumps are gone.
  • Drizzle over maple donuts, pumpkin bread, banana nut scones, or other delicious creations.

Notes

Please read through the above blog post for helpful tips and tricks!

Nutrition

Calories: 43kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 0.01g, Fat: 0.01g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 12mg, Fiber: 0.01g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 0.01mg
Homemade scone with maple glaze drizzled on top.

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