Saturday, May 24, 2014

Maple Syrup recipes

The sweetness of maple syrup is a wonderful addition to any dessert. Not only does it often replace refined sugar, it adds incredible depth of flavor to baked goods and the like. 
Maple Oat Pancakes with Brandied Peaches
The oatmeal in these pancakes make for a heavier batter, but a healthier one as well. You can also double or triple the peach recipe and jar them for later use. Enjoy! Serves 4
Brandied Peaches
Ingredients:• 1 lb ripe peaches (about 2-3 large ones), cut into 8 pieces
• 1/2 cup brandy
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup maple syrup
• 1/4 cup water
Directions:

  • In a medium saucepan, bring the brandy, sugar, maple syrup, and water to a simmer until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Put the peaches in a bowl and pour the brandy syrup over. Let steep for at least 30 minutes. Leave them overnight for even better results. You can also double or triple the recipe and jar them for later use.
Maple and Oatmeal Pancakes
Ingredients:
• 2/3 cup flour
• 1/2 cup oatmeal
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 3/4 cup buttermilk
• 1/4 cup maple syrup
• 1 large egg
• 2 tablespoons butter, melted
• pinch of sea salt
• pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon
Directions:
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, oatmeal, baking powder, salt, and spices.
  • In another bowl, mix the buttermilk, maple syrup, egg, and butter.
  • Add the flour mixture and stir until you get a thick batter.
  • Heat up a large pan. Add a dab of butter and pour some of the mixture to desired size.
  • Cook them a few minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  • Serve hot with the brandied peaches, the brandy syrup, and some lightly whipped cream.
Another breakfast option: Maple Oat Pancakes with Homemade Syrup



Cinnamon Maple Apple Crisp

recipe adapted from the bitehouse.com 

Ingredients:

  • 6 large tart apples  
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp.  ground nutmeg
For topping:
  • 1 cup quick rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Directions:
  • Peel, core and slice the apples. Toss with the cane sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and layer in an oven-safe baking dish (9 inch) .
  • Cream the butter. Add the oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Slowly beat in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Use a food processor for this step.
  • Crumble the topping over the apples.
  • Bake at 350 degrees, 25 minutes or until the apples are soft and the topping is browned around the edges.
  • Allow to cool for five minutes before serving.
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Margaret Wise Brown was a prolific American writer of children's books, including the picture books Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, both illustrated by Clement Hurd.
Born May 23, 1910, Brooklyn, NY  and died November 13, 1952, Nice, France.

Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them, so many of her books rhyme or repeat a word pattern. She liked to place a hard word into a story or poem because she thought this made children think harder when they are reading.

She wrote all the time. Brown tried to write the way children wanted to hear a story, which often isn’t the same way an adult would tell a story. She also taught illustrators to draw the way a child saw things and once gave two puppies to an illustrator to use as models. The illustrator painted many pictures one day and then fell asleep. When he woke up, the papers he painted on were bare. The puppies had licked all the paint off the paper!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 
Margaret Wise Brown

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