Saturday, April 2, 2011

Maple Butter Recipe, Bed and Breakfast Millersburg Ohio

My mother, raised in an Amish family in Geauga County, Ohio, along with her siblings recall the spring thaw and sugar maple time as the most exciting time of year.  In keeping with the ways of the Amish, children are taught at a very young age to work and accept responsibility.  Such activity is an effective socializing agent, teaching children their self worth and value within the family unit and in community. It is in such tasks, where children contribute to the economic and physical needs of the family, that family solidarity is seen.

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.

At the Millersburg, Ohio, 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.

Maple Butter

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

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