The sap has been running strong until today. The sap has just dried up. It's that time of year.
We have made syrup and then with some of the syrup made caramels.
My caramel recipe
about 6 cups maple syrup (give or take)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
(I think all of these could be changed up a bit as I didn't really measure. I just poured until it looked right)
cook over medium heat stirring often to a firm ball
( I used my grandmothers method with a cup of cold water)
turn off the heat
stir in 1 tsp of vanilla
Pour into a buttered pan and let sit.
These are wonderful maple caramels - they taste like an all-day sucker.
a little bird