Maple recipes are anticipating fall by inclusion of seasonal staples like pumpkin, pork, root vegetables, nuts, and, of course, the apple!
For our own Maple Sweetened Apple Butter, pictured above, cut 20 apples into eighths and place in a stock pot with 1 cup of apple cider. Cook the mixture down until mushy. Put it through a seive or food mill to remove seeds, stems and skin. Pour into a slow cooker and mix in 1 cup of maple syrup, the juice of 1 lemon, 2 teaspoons each vanilla and cinnamon, 1 teaspoon each ginger and nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon of cloves. Cook covered on low for 8 hours or overnight. The next day, cook uncovered on high, stirring often, until the mixture keeps its shape when stirred. (This may take all day.) Fill sterilized jars to 1/4″ from the top and can in a hot water bath for the appropriate amount of time given your jar size and altitude. (Refer to the National Center for Home Food Preservation to look up the appropriate time if you are unsure.)
For other maple recipes anticipating fall, the interwebs provide!
Maple recipes for breakfast out now include Maple Harvest Granola, Blueberry Breakfast Bars with Ginger and Almonds, a Quinoa Breakfast Bowl, a Fruity Quinoa Bowl, and The Smoothie that Does it All. (That last one is truly intriguing. You should really check it out!)
Maple anticipates fall later in the day with pork: 20-Minute Balsalmic & Maple Glazed Pork Chops and Cast-Iron Skillet Pork Chops. With sweet potatoes: Sweet Potatoes with Maple Creme Fraiche, Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Glaze and Maple-Ginger Apples & Sweet Potatoes. With the season’s last tomatoes: Tomato, Artichoke & Chickpea Salad and Fresh Tomato Pasta. Or try Maple Tumeric Chicken Thighs and Pumpkin Cauliflower Curry.
To anticipate fall at any time of the day, snack with maple. Try Maple Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus, Apple Bacon Cheese Cornbread Muffins, Caramel Yogurt Dip with Apple Slices, Sweet & Spiced Applesause or Spiced Zuchinni & Carrot Muffins.