Maple sugar adds the beautiful flavours of maple syrup to baking without the liquid content, making it ideal to use in pastry, like we have here. We've doubled the hit by roasting the pears in it too.
Note Maple sugar, made from maple syrup, has a caramel, maple flavour. It's sold in health-food shops and at ocanada.com.au. You can substitute raw caster sugar, but you won't get the maple flavour.