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Put the Kettle on....

Yummy Dessert! 
Mar. 25, 2013 4:27 pm 
Updated: Apr. 1, 2013 5:11 pm
My normal go-to kinds of desserts ALWAYS involve chocolate. Always.  I can't say that anymore; I just found a new dessert that we both loved. 

Today was my first day of Spring break.  I had to think twice about that when I woke up and saw the snow falling....  Was it Spring break or Winter break??!! 

Originally Jon and I were planning on taking our camper and start the camping season out right. But, last week we decided the weather forecast didn't have camping in the picture.  That meant I needed to find other things to do while on break.  Not a difficult task for me. Kristal is also on break this week, so we'll be getting together for a few fun things such as meeting a friend for a lunch and winery visit, dyeing eggs with my "Mexican Grandchildren", a trip to the West Side Market....  But today I was going to my friend, Tawnia's house for a nice long gab session.  Her and her husband just bought a camper and I needed to get over there and "nose" around in it and give her my approval.   They've never camped a day in their lives, so this will be a new experience for them.  I bought her a nice big "WELCOME" mat for her camper and headed over.  We had our usual cup of tea and she had made a delicious raspberry coffee cake.  But before I left I needed to get our dinner in the crock pot and a dessert made. 

Since it was so cold and snowy I filled my crock pot with vegetable beef/barley soup.  We had a few slices of Jo's Rosemary bread that I had made on Saturday so we were set.  What should we have for dessert??  I had found a recipe on this site, http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Maple-Syrup-Custard-Cups/Detail.aspx?prop31=1< that I thought was pretty appropriate for this time of year since it is syrup-making time and all. My Grandpa had a sugar house and he made hundreds of gallons of syrup a year which he sold. I grew up eating that liquid gold on my pancakes.  We now have a friend who is President of the Maple Syrup Producer's Association for Northeast Ohio and that is where we now get our syrup from.  I spent many, many hours "helping" Grandpa make maple syrup - from gathering the sap to watching it boil into syrup - to getting stuck in mud up to my knees while playing outside the sugar shack.  Nothing tastes better to me than pure maple syrup!

As I gathered my ingredients to make this custard, I got to thinking....  Sometimes that's dangerous for me.  This time it was a Great Idea!  Several years ago for Christmas Jon gave me a kitchen torch.  I'm addicted to kitchen gadgets and that just seemed like a cool gadget to me. It is cool.  Who doesn't like to play with fire?!  Anyways - why couldn't I make this custard, then use my torch and melt a sugary crust on top; sort of like a creme brulee??  I threw that question out on The Buzz this morning and everyone agreed it would be a great idea to try. 

Well.... let me tell you - it was a great idea and it tasted great, too!  I melted the sugar into a crispy, crusty topping on two of the custards and we set down to try them.  Delicious! The custard has a very nice, subtle maple flavor. The crusty, sugary top is great.  As we practically licked our bowls clean, Jon says - "Are there any more of these?"  So.... now I have to go.  We need to have a second dessert!
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Browning the sugar
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Look at that sugar getting all crunchy!
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Grandpa's Sugar House
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Mar. 25, 2013 4:42 pm
You made my day Mother Ann! I see fond memories in your heart of Grandpa's Sugar House. May you enjoy many more torch filled evenings.
Mar. 25, 2013 4:56 pm
Thanks Linda, for a great recipe and for your kind words. I spent a lot of time at Grandma & Grandpa's house as a kid. Farm life was pretty exciting to me. And torch-filled evenings?! Love it! LOL
Mar. 25, 2013 5:00 pm
Very nicely put Mother Ann,always nice when something turns out good.I saved this recipe.Sounds so good.
Mar. 25, 2013 5:04 pm
manella, it's very easy to make. Try it soon!
Mar. 25, 2013 5:18 pm
I will do that, probably tomorrow.
Mar. 25, 2013 5:32 pm
When my brother was alive and when he and his wife lived in a cabin in Vermont the property he lived on the people too had a sugar shack and made maple syrup. I never was up there when the sap was flowing but I bet it would have been a great experience if I had. He did send maple syrup to my mom and it was the best!
Mar. 25, 2013 5:55 pm
When we moved into our home 27 years ago, we decided to make our own maple syrup as our woods had quite a few maple trees. Hubby built a small sugar house and he even fashioned a small boiler. I would come home from work, gather the sap and by the time he got home we'd start boiling. We made about a gallon for all our hard work and decided it was just too much work for people who had full-time jobs and a toddler to take care of. It was fun, though.
Mar. 25, 2013 7:53 pm
Love this blog, and I'm glad it all turned out so well. I'll have to try that. I need to purchase a torch!
Mar. 25, 2013 8:51 pm
I love kitchen gadgets too! Gotta get me a torch!
Mar. 25, 2013 10:03 pm
Mother Ann, how lucky you were to have fresh maple syrup and such memories of your Grandpa making the syrup.. Such a beautiful dessert infused with maple syrup. You are making me hungry! Nice Blog!
Mar. 26, 2013 4:07 am
The best part about the torch? It's a small gadget and doesn't take up much storage space! :)
Mar. 26, 2013 5:49 am
Excellent blog! Now I am wondering if you can make a caramelized crust of maple sugar? Would it taste good, or would it be bitter?
Mar. 26, 2013 1:48 pm
Doc - my husband said next time that's what I need to use. I think he may be right. It would taste very good I think!
Mar. 26, 2013 7:13 pm
Wow, you brought back memories, my aunt and uncle also made syrup and we had such fun around the "sugar shack." He also made maple sugar, which I think is just super heated syrup that is cooled and sieved then shaped. I am always shocked by the price of real maple syrup until I remember the process. I have saved the recipe and we will be enjoying it soon. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!
Mar. 27, 2013 3:47 am
I remember my grandma pouring syrup into molds and making maple sugar candy. Yummy! Yes, real maple syrup is very expensive - but oh so worth it!
Mar. 30, 2013 12:30 pm
I love gadgets! It has been really hard to remember it is Spring when the snow is falling. My poor frozen crocus still managed to put on a display despite being buried last weekend. I haven't had custard for a long time may have to try some soon! Enjoy your holiday weekend!
Mar. 31, 2013 4:02 am
Cat, I know what you mean! My Spring break is over tomorrow and it's back to work for me.... and it finally seems like Spring. Happy Easter to you and your family!
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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