Saturday, April 2, 2011
Maple Butter Recipe, Bed and Breakfast Millersburg Ohio
Each spring my mother, her siblings, and parents collected sap from wooden buckets suspended from maple trees and poured the sweet and valuable liquid into the sap tank. The large tank was mounted onto a sled outfitted with runners and was pulled by their team of horses throughout the sugar bush. Her father took great care to make what he considered the best syrup in the area. They sold syrup to the "English" and to their own people.
The above photo is of an Amish farm north of Mt. Hope, Ohio, set with sap buckets. It takes up to 50 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup. Locally, the per gallon price for maple syrup ranges from $49 at some of our rural markets to about $60 at other markets. Maple syrup offers about three times the sweetening power of cane sugar, with a calorie count of only 40 calories per tablespoon. Additionally it is a great source of manganese and zinc and helps maintain proper blood sugar levels.
Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, we serve maple syrup with our pancakes and french toast. The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast offers a full country breakfast daily, always serving fresh fruit, locally made sausage along with yogurts, hot entrees, and specialty breads. Here is my recipe for maple butter, a delectible, woodsy treat that spreads luxuriantly on muffins or toast.
1/2 Cup softened butter
1/4 Cup maple syrup, room temperature
With an electric beater, whip the butter and maple syrup together until blended. This is so simple, yet seems so elegent when served to guests. Enjoy.
Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
April 2, 2011