varying filling for french walnut tart

i made one that everyone raved about. filling was 5 oz. butter, .5 cup light brown sugar, eggs, juice and zest of small orange, walnuts and 3/4 cup of light corn syrup. i used maple instead of the corn syrup. it was exceptional tho u didn't taste anything orange.

milk street has a french walnut tart. filling is sugar, creme fraiche, butter, cider vinegar (just 1 T) eggs, salt, walnut. it has 1/4 cup honey. i would substitute maple for the honey. do u think it would b preferable? would u use 1/4 cup which is what the honey called for? i've never made this one. i will see which one is better.

  • Posted by: alan
  • April 17, 2022


drbabs April 17, 2022
Both sound delicious. For the walnut tart, is there a reason you don’t want to use honey? Because I’d be inclined to make it as written, at least the first time. If you do want to substitute the maple syrup, based on the calculation you provided, you’d need 3 tablespoons of maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of sugar to roughly equal the sweetness and consistency of honey.
alan April 18, 2022
the recipe has the honey cook w the sugar for 8 mins. to caramelize. i guess i should just follow the recipe for the 1st time. after that, i can see if maple works when caramelizing. i've heard many people say they don't really like honey in cakes and when i see corn syrup, i always use maple.
Nancy April 18, 2022
Understood that many people don't like honey.
But if you make the Milk Street recipe as written, maybe do half a recipe with regular plain honey and half with some artisan or local honey, which usually has more flavor.
Two I find especially flavorful are buckwheat and Manuka.
alan April 17, 2022
below is from google:

To substitute maple syrup for honey in a recipe, use 3/4 cup of maple syrup and 1/2 cup sugar for every 1 cup of honey. You can replace molasses with maple syrup in a one-to-one ratio. In each case, both the taste and texture will be affected by the substitution. Maple syrup is thinner than both honey and molasses.
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