I had no idea that New Hampshire is such a large maple producer! 10 out of the 10 counties that comprise the small state have sugar houses and produce maple syrup and maple sugar during the 6 week sugaring season mid February - mid April.
Maple Weekend 2012 is coming up on March 24 - 25th and sugaring houses statewide will open their doors to the public - just in case you are in the area.
I found a great maple recipe courtesy of the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association for "Delicious Maple Bars" and wanted to use pure New Hampshire maple products for the recipe.
I ordered maple sugar and maple syrup from Parker's Maple Barn in Mason, NH and was so excited when they arrived!
Here's what you need for Delicious Maple Bars...
1/2 cup pure New Hampshire maple sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup pure New Hampshire maple syrup
1 cup chopped nuts or coconut
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon vanilla
- mix all ingredients together thoroughly
- spread in a greased 8 inch square pan
- bake 30 - 35 minutes at 350 degrees
- cut into squares while warm
I made my Delicious Maple Bars with coconut. I thought it was a good compliment to the warm maple flavor and soft, chewy texture of this bar. These little guys certainly live up to their name!