It's sugar season In Maine. I love driving and spotting buckets hanging from trees. An added bonus is it's a sure sign of spring.
Maple syrup is quite versatile. I love it baked with winter squash and curry powder. But by far my favorite way to eat maple syrup is with pancakes. Pancakes are our favorite breakfast out on Gotts Island. Saff, the wonder dog always get the first one- the gridle is usually not hot enough. The last couple of batches are saved for snacking. Cold pancakes taste great with peanut butter or jam.
There are so many great pancake recipes. I like to use a mix of grains, buckwheat, cornmeal, whole wheat, oats. If you use 2 cups of flour, try 1 cup white flour and 1 cup a mix of grains. I love cornmeal and island blueberries. Grated apples and buckwheat. Another great trick is to separate your eggs and beat the whites gently. You are not looking for a stiff meringue. Fold the whites in right before adding any fruit. This makes a super fluffy pancakes. Yum- can't wait for coffee and pancakes.
What's your favorite way to use maple syrup?