Bacon Wrapped Dates with Maple Syrup

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Bacon Wrapped Dates with Maple Syrup

  • Author: Leigh Anne Wilkes

Ingredients

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  • 32 pitted dates
  • 3264 shelled pistachios 1-2 per date
  • 1 lb. lean thin bacon, each strip cut into 34 pieces depending on size of date
  • 1 C maple syrup for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make a slit in each date and stuff with 1-2 pistachios.
  3. Wrap each date with a piece of bacon so that the bacon just overlaps.
  4. Place seam side down on the cookie sheet.
  5. Brush lightly with maple syrup.
  6. Bake until bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes each side.
  7. Dates can be made ahead of time and frozen.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes per side if frozen.
  9. Drizzle with maple syrup.

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Slow-Cooked Maple Cider Brisket

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Slow-Cooked Maple Cider Brisket

Servings: serves 6

  • Author: The View from Great Island

Ingredients

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4 to 5 pound beef brisket
2 cloves garlic, cut into thin slivers
1/2 pound maple-smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled, optional 3 tbsp bacon drippings or grapeseed oil
2 onions, halved and thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp dried oregano
3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp ground cayenne
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup strong brewed coffee
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp Dijon mustard

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
2. Using a paring knife, cut small slits all over the brisket, inserting a sliver of garlic into each slit as you cut it. Place the brisket into a large Dutch oven or roasting pan fitted with a lid.
3. In a large sauté pan or saucepan, heat the bacon drippings over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally until golden, about 6 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic, salt, oregano, pepper, and cayenne and stir for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring continuously, for 1 minute. Stir in the coffee, vinegar, maple syrup, broth and mustard. Bring the ingredients to a boil.
4. Pour the contents of the sauté pan over the brisket in the Dutch oven. Cover the pan with the lid and place it into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Decrease the heat to 300° F and bake, basting the meat with the pan sauce once or twice, until the brisket is fork tender, about 3 hours. Allow the meat to rest for about 15 minutes. Slice the meat across the grain using an electric knife or sharp carving knife. Place the sliced meat into a large ovenproof serving container with lid. Remove the fat from the surface of the sauce. Pour the sauce over and around the meat. Cover the container with the lid.
5. Place the container with the brisket back into the oven for 30 minutes. Garnish with the crumbled bacon (if using). Serve immediately.

Notes

Recipe from The View from Great Island, www.theviewfromgreatisland.com.

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Maple Apple Chips

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Maple Apple Chips

The perfect back to school snack!

Ingredients

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34 medium Apples
(Fuji, Pink Lady, Cortland or Gala work well)
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
1 tsp. fresh ground Cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Mix together maple syrup and cinnamon in a small bowl. Rinse and core the apples, using an apple corer. Then slice a quarter off the top and bottom of the apple. Slice the remaining apple using a mandolin set to 1/8″ thickness. Spread apple slices evenly across two baking sheets. Use parchment paper for easier clean-up. Using a pastry brush, coat apple slices with maple syrup.

Bake for approximately 1 1/2 – 2 hours, rotating twice. Baking times will vary depending on apples and how thick you sliced them. Maple Apple Chips will crisp up slightly once cool.

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Maple Apple Pie Bars

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Maple Apple Pie Bars

  • Author: fs-admin

Ingredients

• 1 cup flour
• ½ cup rolled oats
• ⅓ cup brown sugar
• 3 tablespoons maple sugar
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
• 7 tablespoons butter
• 2 tablespoons cold water
• 4 apples, chopped
• 1 teaspoon pure lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon maple extract
• 1 teaspoon cornstarch
• ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
• ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 8×8″ baking dish.
2. Whisk together,  flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon in a large bowl.
3.  Add butter, one tablespoon at a time and cut the butter into the dough using a pastry blender/dough cutter until crumbly. (You can also use a food processor instead of a pastry blender.)
4. Add in the water and stir until the dough comes together.
5. Remove ¾ cup of the dough and set aside.
6. Press the rest of the dough into the prepared pan.
7. In a medium sauce pan combine chopped apples, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, lemon juice, maple extract, cornstarch, nutmeg and maple sugar. Cook over a medium heat until apples are soft and mixture has come together, about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly then pour on the prepared crust.
8. Mix remaining dough with chopped walnuts and sprinkle on top.
9. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown. Let the bars cool completely to allow the filling to set.
10. Slice into 12 bars and serve.

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