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Thursday, February 13, 2014

CAN YOU SAY Mmmmmm Good?

Well folks believe it or not February is moving by and with all of the snow and cold weather comes a season I really enjoy. It's called Maple Season. As some of you know I really enjoy making maple syrup. There is nothing like fresh maple syrup on your waffles or pancakes. Don't even get me started on all of the store bought stuff you can get. Yuck!!

When February rolls around I begin getting my maple tapping equipment together. Then at the specified time, whenever, I will tap the trees in my front yard. Last year I tapped four trees and my yield was 3 gallons of syrup.



I would have gotten more but a four legged critter who is big and black decided to knock over one of the sap barrels.  I tried finding him this past hunting season to show him what I thought of his stealing my sap, but he eluded me. Now I have to pray he doesn't return for another treat this year.

This year I am going to try something different as to where my barrels are situated. I also might just use one barrel and it will be behind my house. Once I get it all set up I'll post some pictures of how it all looks and how the collecting and boiling is going.

With the new season approaching I needed to use up what I had left from last year. Sometimes I make maple cream, which is to die for.



And sometimes I make Maple Peanut Crunch (MPC). It just depends on how much syrup I have left over. This year I decided to make some more MPC.



The first batch turned out pretty good. It was a test batch since I hadn't made it since last year and I could not remember how to make it. Here are the directions I received from a friend who makes it every year.

'Put maple syrup into a pan. Bring it to a boil and get it to 260 degrees. Boil it until it starts to come up over the edge of the pan. Keep boiling it; you're almost there. When it's ready pour it over a cookie sheet that is lined with foil and peanuts. Let it cool and then break it up.'

I decided to use one quart of syrup in a very large pan and like I said it turned out really good. I'm still not sure how I did it so I decided to make another batch for a get together at a friends house. This time I was going to monitor things more closely.

Well as I was boiling it I noticed it was getting difficult to stir. So I kept on stirring and I stirred a little faster. This SEEMED to help. I lined the cookie sheet with foil and sprayed it with cooking oil. This would help in getting it off later on. Then I poured it over the peanuts on the cookie sheet and let it set.

The next day I broke it all up and did a taste test. It sure was good. My wife said it seemed like glass. Maybe that's why they call it peanut "brittle."


We all decided that we like the maple peanut crunch better since it has a more creamy texture from not stirring it so much. I guess I'll have to make some more, but first I need to tap some trees.


3 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

What a cool idea. I would have never thought to use maple syrup for that.

What's maple cream and what do you eat it on?

Ann said...

I love maple syrup, but in the UK it is quiet expensive for just a small bottle. But with the pancakes I make which my granddaughters like me to make them whenever they are up visiting I make sure I have a bottle in the cupboard. Now Al how about "popping" across the pond to visit and maybe bring a bottle with you lol

BigAl said...

Kim, maple cream is a creamy spread that tastes really good on just about anything. But especially good on toast. It's sort of like a thick butter, but made with maple syrup.

Ann, I wish I could come for a visit with my wife and we'd bring you some. It's out of this world, and it's made from God's trees in my yard.

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