By Ginger Isham
Easy recipes and facts about maple syrup
Maple syrup isn’t only for pancakes, waffles and French toast. It has many uses in our house. We have it every morning to sweeten our coffee and put it on our oatmeal or cream of wheat. Adding a little maple can bring new life to some ordinary dishes. Here are suggestions for simple ways to use maple syrup:
➢ Drizzle it on cooked carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, cold cereal and over hot buttered baking powder biscuits and grapefruit;
➢ Add it to plain yogurt as sweetener, along with fresh fruit (you can combine everything in a blender);
➢ Add maple cream to cream cheese and add chopped nuts to spread on bagels (I got this idea from my doctor); to make maple cream, cook any amount of maple syrup (add 1/2 teaspoon butter) on medium high without stirring to 228 degrees, then cool until you can touch the sides of pan and whip with electric mixer until it loses its clear look;
➢ Cook over medium heat, without stirring, 1 cup dark maple syrup to 234 degrees and then pour slowly over two egg whites beaten stiff; beat until icing stands in firm peaks and frost an angel food cake;
➢ Serve over vanilla ice cream with sliced bananas, maple walnut ice cream, rice pudding or bread pudding;
➢ Make maple pralines by boiling 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 cup maple syrup and 1/2 cup cream to 228 degrees, and then beat until smooth and creamy; stir in chopped walnuts or pecans and drop by teaspoon onto wax paper and let cool;
➢ Make hot apple chunky to serve with pork or turkey by bringing 1 cup maple syrup and 1/2 cup water to a boil, then add 6 or 7 apples (cored and chopped) and cook until apples are tender;
➢ To make a Vermonter, add 2 tablespoons dark maple syrup to 3/4 cup cold milk and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and shake well;
➢ To make maple sugar, boil syrup (add dab of butter) to 234 degrees, then remove from heat and cool slightly and then beat until it looks like moist brown sugar;
➢ To make cinnamon toast, mix 1/4 cup maple sugar, 1/4 cup butter and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and spread this mix on the toasted side of 6 slices of bread that have been toasted on one side; put on a greased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees until sugar melts;
➢ To marinate 4 salmon fillets, mix 1/3 cup apple juice, 1/3 cup maple syrup, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons chopped onion and 1 to 2 minced garlic cloves; put mixture in plastic bag with salmon and put in fridge for 1 to 3 hours;
➢ To make a dressing for salad greens, mix 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon coarse mustard, salt and pepper to taste and 1/2 cup oil.
Ginger Isham was the co-owner of Maple Grove Farm Bed & Breakfast in Williston, a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road where she still lives.