Some very interesting facts I would like to share about Vermont maple syrup:
- Vermont ranks #1 in the United States for maple syrup production.
- On an average, 1,000,000 gallons are produced each year.
- It takes 40 years for the maple tree to mature before it can produce sap.
- A healthy maple tree can produce sap for 150 years!
- There are 5 weeks in the year that a maple produces sap; it flows in the early spring due to warm days and cold nights.
- There are 4 grades--Vermont Fancy, Grade A~Medium Amber, Grade A~Dark Amber, and Grade B.
- Vermont Law requires that state-produced maple syrup to be free of preservatives, coloring, or additives.
- Fresh trapped syrup is crystal clear with a sugar percentage of 1.5-3%. After the boiling process, the water evaporates and the concentration of sugar in the syrup caramelizes to an amber color with a sugar content of at least 66.9%!
Vermont Breakfast Cake
2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
2 cups buttermilk
Stir the oats into the buttermilk in a medium bowl and let sit for at least 1 hour.
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350F-degrees. Spray a 9-inch baking pan with a baking spray.
In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar together thoroughly. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the vanilla and mix again.
Whisk together the dry ingredients and add to the wet, mixing on low just until combined. Finally, add the oatmeal/buttermilk mixture and stir to combine.
Spoon batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 to 2/3 cup Grade A amber or Grade B maple syrup
|I used a Canadian Maple Syrup, Grade A Amber (Hey, I live in the Pacific Northwest!!)|
Pacific Fabrics; it's where I buy a lot of the fabrics I use for the aprons I make.
Next, make a coil about 1 1/4" wide and sew an "X" to hold in place.