Warm Up with Maple

bucket in front of the shack

With snow on the ground and Christmas behind us, thought we’d send along a few favorite maple beverages (and one snack), to welcome in the New Year.

The Flying Farmer’s Secret Weapon
(2 servings)

The following recipe is exclusive to the Flying Farmer, marrying the triple flavor goodness of maple, bacon and peanut butter. See note for recipe to make maple cream or buy some from a local store selling maple products.

Whole Wheat or Oatmeal Bread, lightly toasted
Butter, softened
Peanut Butter, 2 tablespoons
Maple Cream, 2 tablespoons
Bacon, 2 strips cooked

Layer onto lightly toasted bread, in the following order: butter, peanut butter, maple cream and bacon strip. Repeat for second serving. Eat in the morning while wearing cozy slippers and drinking hot coffee with a good friend or loved one.

Maple Cream Recipe on YouTube
Maple Cream Recipe online (scroll down page for the maple cream recipe)

Maple Milk
(4 servings)

Maple syrup is full of good stuff and Maple Milk is a delicious alternative to that dyed, fructose laden brown stuff you see in the grocery stores. The kids are gonna love it!

1 qt milk
1/4 to 1/3 cup maple syrup, grade A or B, amber
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Blend milk and vanilla extract together. Add maple syrup slowly, whisking and tasting as you go. The darker the syrup, the more maple flavor you get, so adjust according to your preference. Serve cold.

variations: Add turn cold maple milk into hot maple milk by heating over low heat in a saucepan until steaming. Add to hot coffee or hot chocolate. Add a scoop of your favorite ice cream and turn it into a float or add to a blender with ice cream and turn it into a milk shake.

Cocktails:

Vermont Old Fashioned
(1 serving)

You’ll find some version of this in many bars throughout Vermont. Adjust amounts based on number of servings.

1 cherry, pitted
1 slice of orange
1 slice of lemon
1 tsp maple syrup, or to taste
2 oz of favorite bourbon

Soak cherry, orange and lemon in bourbon for a few hours or overnight. Blend bourbon and maple syrup. Squeeze lemon and orange slices. Add cherry. Stir and serve on the rocks in an old fashioned glass.

The Hot Buttered Vermonter
(4 servings)

This is the Flying Farmer’s variation on the hot buttered rum. Inspired by a description in the book Northwest Passage by Kenneth Roberts, this makes a great drink for a crowd when you scale it up.

8 oz Dunc Mill’s Maple Rum
4 tbsp granulated maple sugar
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp of cinnamon
12 oz of cider
cinnamon sticks for garnish

In a large saucepan, melt the butter, cinnamon and maple sugar with a splash of cider. When dissolved, add the rest of the cider and heat slowly until just simmering. Stir in the rum and remove from heat. Serve in mugs with a cinnamon stick garnish or store in a thermos when heading out for winter recreation – caroling, sleigh rides, snowmobile rides or stored in a flask for a ski.

Alternatives: Dark rum for the maple rum; 1/4 cup of maple syrup for maple sugar; non-alcohol version would omit the rum and add a splash of orange juice.

For Sale!

Flying Farmer Maple Syrup: I still have gallons ($49), pints ($15) and quarts ($20) of grade A, dark amber syrup for sale. Contact me at 563-2351 or email at wameden@gmail.com. Happy to ship and I take cash or checks.

Flying Farmer Maple Sugar: Made to order from 100% maple syrup. $18 per pound or $10 for 1/2 pound.

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3 responses to “Warm Up with Maple

  1. Hey, Will — I’d like to feature these thoughts of yours about maple in the MarchCabot Chronicleto get people in the mood for Maple Fest on March 16. OK with you? Jeannie Johnson 802-563-3147

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