Pastry for one crust
1 cup pecan nut meats
1 Tablespoon melted butter
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup sugar
1 cup B-grade cooking syrup
Mix ingredients in order given and bake in uncooked pastry shell at 350 degrees for approximately 35 minutes, until filling looks jelled.
Sweet Potato Fries with Maple Syrup
Peel sweet potatoes. Slice into 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch strips. (Bigger than that and the outside will burn before the inside can cook properly). Deep fry at 400 degrees until reasonably browned. Remove from fat and drain on paper towels. Douse with maple syrup and enjoy!
8 ounces cold milk
Up to 1 tablespoon syrup (to taste)
Mix and drink
Maple Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
2 sticks butter
2 ounces honey
3 ounces maple syrup
2 cups chocolate chips
Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl. Cream together butter and brown sugar. Add Vanilla and eggs and beat well. Add honey and syrup and mix again. Mix in dry ingredients. Mix in chips. Place by heaping teaspoonful 2 inches apart on an un-greased baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for approximately 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Jacqueline Dufresne’s Baked Acorn Squash
Halve an acorn squash. Put 1 Tablespoon Maple syrup, 1/2 Tablespoon Brown sugar, and 1/2 Tablespoon butter in the hollow of each half after seeds have been removed. Bake at 350 degrees F until done; approximately 45 minutes. You can baste the surface of the squash with the mixture periodically if you like.
Linda Miller’s Granola Bars with Maple Syrup
2 cups old-fashioned oats, uncooked
1 cup all purpose flour
1 ½ cup mixed dried fruit or raisins
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup toasted wheat germ
¾ tsp. cinnamon
¾ tsp. salt
½ cup oil
½ cup maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla
1 large egg
Pre-heat oven to 350 º F. Grease 13” X 9” metal baking pan. Line with foil and grease foil.
In large bowl, mix oats, flour, fruit, sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, and salt until well combined. Stir in oil, syrup, vanilla, and egg until well blended. Wet hands and pat mixture into pan.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until edges turn pale golden. Cool in pan.
When cool, invert pan onto cutting board. Remove foil. Cut lengthwise into 4” strips. Then cut each strip cross-wise into 6 pieces.
Note from the Sugar House: B-grade cooking maple syrup would give the most maple flavor to these bars, but any grade can be used.
Jacqueline Dufresne’s Maple Teriyaki Chicken
1/4 cup Canola oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup dry sherry
1 teaspoon dried ginger
1/2 – 1 teaspoon roasted garlic
2 Tablespoons medium amber maple syrup
1 pound or more thinly sliced chicken breast (1/4″ thickness or less)
Chopped vegetables of choice
Mix all sauce ingredients in a wok or wok-shaped pan and heat up. Saute chicken pieces until cooked through. Remove with slotted spoon and cook vegetables to desired crispness. Return chicken to re-warm. Serve.
Jacqueline Dufresne’s Maple Fudge
1 2/3 cup cane sugar
1/3 cup granulated maple sugar
3/4 cup milk
6 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cook sugars, salt, and milk in medium saucepan on medium heat. Stir mixture until boil is achieved, then leave alone until it reaches 238 degrees F. Remove from heat and allow to cool to 180 degrees F. Add butter and stir in until thoroughly combined. Add vanilla, stir in, and beat fudge until it starts to feel stiffer and the glossy surface starts to look dull. Pour into buttered pan and allow to set up and cool the rest of the way on the counter. Cut into pieces and enjoy.