Thursday, March 24, 2011

Simple Pleasure: Maple Syrup



My simple pleasure for today is sweet. It's maple syrup.

Throughout New England at this time, one can see buckets attached to scores of maple trees. They are collecting the sweet sap that will be boiled down to make syrup.  If everyone could see the immense amount of work that goes into making maple syrup, there would be tremendous appreciation for the final product.

Can you imagine pancakes or French toast without maple syrup?  B-o-r-i-n-g.

How about the taste of maple nut ice-cream? It's creamy lusciousness that edges on the divine.

One more thing about this simple pleasure:  the supermarket bottled varieties of  "maple syrup"  pale pathetically to the "real thing."   The taste of fresh maple syrup, soaked into a pancake that has been spread with real butter,  has got to be one of the yummiest tastes around.

So there you have the sticky and sweet of today's simple pleasure: maple syrup.

Dayle, from the blog "A Collection of This and That" sponsors today's Simple Pleasures party in which Writing Straight from the Heart is participating. Please take a minute to check out all the other simple pleasure entries by clicking on :(http://alittleofthisandthat2.blogspot.com./.) 

73 comments:

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

The maple nut ice cream sounds wonderful!! Thanks so much for the lovely comment on my blog.

Mave said...

That sounds wonderful. My only idea of collecting maple syrup came from Laura Wilder's book.

Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage said...

Hi Susan,
What beautiful bottles!!
Yes I agree..maple syrup is wonderful :-)
blessings..Trish

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Hello, Susan! Thank you for the sweet comment on my recent post :) And what an equally delicious post you have here! I absolutely adore fresh maple syrup. One of the best I ever tried was up in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire (it was SO yummy!) After you taste the "real deal," store-bought is unacceptable!

Enjoy your week! ♥

Bookie said...

We made a trip to Vermont once where we learned about maple syrup...how it was made. It is a wonder it does not cost more. It was at that time I learned what REAL syrup tasted like...now cook with it a bit. Yummy stuff agreed!

Sue said...

Oh my goodness, every food-related thing you've written about sounds divine. The bottles are simply beautiful. I've heard that making maple syrup is very labour intensive.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love your simple pleasure! My daughter made pancakes last Sunday and we had the best REAL maple syrup. We called pancakes 'syrup sponges'...yummy!

LDH said...

Good morning, Susan!

Beautiful photo! Such pretty jars ~ makes me want to mail order a few :)

I love Maple syrup too.

Karen Lange said...

Looks positively yummy! Love the jars. :)

Kay K said...

What beautiful Maple jars !!! I have never saw any like that ..thanks for sharing your simple pleasure

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I don't have the joy of seeing the process, but I do enjoy the final product...and those bottles are wonderful

MeMeSue said...

Susan thank you so much for the nice comment on my newest post! You have been very encouraging to me and I totally appreciate it!

Now on your post...my friend and I were just talking about what to have for dinner and now I'm craving breakfast...HA HA I have never had "real" maple syrup so I will have to scope some out and go for it! Looks so yummy tho!

M. said...

I live in PA, so maple syrup is something that this area has been blessed with.

I truly enjoy this over pretty much everything :)

Thanks for sharing,

M.

It's Just Dottie said...

Susan you are so blessed!!!
Your picture of the jars is so pretty .

sarah said...

sounds great. My kids love going to the maple syrup festival and they love rolling the maple syrup and snow to make maple syrup taffy.

diane stetson said...

My daughter's boyfriend's family has their own maple syrup tree and make their own syrup in Maine...she had some and said it was GREAT!

Donna said...

Okay, I am drooling after reading your post! Maple Walnut is one of my favorite ice creams. So how did your Easter tree hold up? As I type this, it is in the 30's, ray, and SPITTING SNOW!!! Do you think we will ever see spring? haha... Donna

Gayle said...

Divine. Love the picture, too!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh I just love maple syrup and pancakes - haven't had them in a while though - do you add butter or just syrup. It is a simple pleasure.

sandie

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I have had real maple syrup and the store brands do not compare. The bottles are wonderful.
Hugs,
Sherry

Dayle said...

Now you've gone and made me hungry, Susan. Maple syrup is my favorite!

Annesphamily said...

My Sweets and I were just discussing french toast and pancakes! With sryup! LOL! I know we don't realize what goes into making a product. My oldest daughter works for Marie Callender Restaurants and people complain that the pies are too expensive not realizing they are made fresh daily not in a foreign land and shipped and frozen and full of crummy preservatives. Argh...But I do love the post here on the pure maple syrup. Thanks

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