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Jun 30, 2019, 08:07 AM
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Putting Mrs Butterworths and Log Cabin to shame.....Maple syrup done right!


Attended my third Warwick NY event two weeks ago and had a great time as usual. This event is really shaping up to be a nice lead in to the NEAT Fair. Great electric flying, camping, killer views, and a great collection of folks who love the hobby. The location is spectacular and offers something for everyone into RC.

I shared some space with some longtime RC friends from Sawn Craft. Jonathan was kind enough to gift me a sweet (literally and figuratively) little bottle of golden elixir, fresh from his small batch production. Ahhhh maple syrup how I love thee so! His newest creation flies into your mouth rather than into the skies above. I just ordered 4 more bottles to give away in our raffle for our upcoming electric event.

Hartland Hollow Modern Homestead is the name. Small batch production pure maple syrup from the woods of East Hartland, CT. Amber in color, and graded as an A. I prefer the A over the B for general consumption, especially on the classic pancake. This settles in nicely on the cake and doesn't overpower it. Nice light hints of maple syrup vaguely reminiscent of Log Cabin or Aunt Jemima except here are no chemicals or high fructose corn syrup here. I like a good hearty B grade when using the syrup as a cooking agent.

I did take a little bit of this and cook it down to about half the volume, and in doing so really thickened up the consistency. I take a little bit of it and spoon it onto pieces of thick slab cut bacon. The bacon goes onto a sheet pan with parchment paper then into the oven for about 20 minutes, flipping half way through. I then take the cooked down syrup and add in a tablespoon or two of the bacon fat, and once again cook that down while the bacon cools. Once it's reduced again by half I brush it onto the bacon pieces, then coat with fresh ground black pepper, then set it aside to cool down. I pair this up with a nice tart sliced Granny Smith Apples, some sharp cheddar cheeses, grilled toast points or a thicker cracker, and some walnuts or almonds. It's a great appetizer.

Want more sweet and crunch...sprinkle some brown sugar into the bacon and broil. Add in some chili power, curry, or even cajun seasoning for a little "bite". Want some heat? Cut up some jalapenos and the seeds. Saute with a tiny dab of butter, then cook it down. Add that to the bacon.

The stock pic below will show in general what the finished product should look like.

Enjoy...and reach out to Jonathan directly for product info and pricing.

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