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18 February, 2017

Maple taffy ; Snow day activity with kids

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When  the  winter  is  so  long  and  harsh,  there  is  no  way  but  to  adapt  to  the  surroundings.  Staying  indoors  only  leads  to  cabin  fever.

If  you  are  like  me,  brought  up  in  a  no  snow  place,  it  doesn’t  come  easy.  I  always  prefer  the  spot  by  the  window  of  a  warm  room  to  gaze  outside.

It  surprises  me  that  two  countries  so  different  still  have  similarities.  In  India  the  sap  from  the  date  Palm  tree  is  much  desirable.  Only  available  during  the  winter  months,  it  is  a  seasonal  delicacy.  You  can  find  recipes  with  the  syrup  or  the jaggery  made  from  it  here  and  here

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Maple  tree  in  Canada  is  so  symbolic,  the  leaf  decorates  our  Flag.  The  maple  syrup  obtained  from  the  tree  has  a  wonderful  taste  and  is  much  sought  after.

I  remember  my  mum  pouring  the  date  palm  syrup  on  a  greased  tray  to  harden,  with  us  siblings  impatiently  waiting  around  it  to  dig  in.

Maple  taffy  is  made  pretty  much  on  the  same  principle.  The  hot  syrup  poured  over  snow,  cools  it  down  fast.  What  an  excellent  way  to  have  fun  with  kids!

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Recipe:  Got about a dozen.

Ingredients:

100% pure  maple  syrup                                                          2  cups

Ground  almonds                                                                            1  Tbsp,  optional

Ice  cream  sticks                                                                              12

snow

Method:

If  doing  it  outdoor,  find  a  place  with  clean  snow.  Light  a  small  stove  or  wood  fire.

Take  about  2  cups  of  maple  syrup  in  a  heavy  bottom  pan  on  high  heat.  Do  not  leave  it  unattended  at  any  time.  Bring  it  to  boil.  keep  a  bowl  of  cold  water  handy.  When  the  syrup  is  bubbling  away  for  about  14-16  minutes,  drop  a  spoonful  of  this  into  the  cold  water.  If  it  forms  a  ball,  the  syrup  is  ready,  if  not  continue  a  few  more  minutes  and  test  again,

Pack  the  snow  flat,  take  spoonful  of  this  mixture  and  pour  over  the  snow  in  4  inches  long  strips.  The  snow  cools  it  down  right  away.  Take  a  ice  cream  stick  and  wrap  it  around  the  syrup  strip.  Mold  with  your  hands.

I  added   a  Tbsp  of  ground  almond  in  the  syrup  when  bubbling.

Enjoy.

Inside  Scoop;

Use  extreme  caution  handling  the  hot  syrup.

These  taffies  are  hard  on  teeth  or  restorations  on  them.

If  snow  is  unavailable  outside,  crushed  ice  from  freezer  can  be  used.

By  Ratna

8s COMMENTS

8 thoughts on : Maple taffy ; Snow day activity with kids

  • February 28, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    These are fun and so creative. I want to become a little girl again just for their sake:-)

    • Ratna
      March 1, 2017 at 2:24 am

      Absolutely! No refined sugar was a bonus, specially at my “kid at heart” age group. LOl..

  • February 20, 2017 at 11:37 am

    I can’t believe how elegant this version of “sugar on snow” is! It’s just lovely.

    • Ratna
      February 20, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      Aw, you are too kind Jess. They are not too kind on teeth though, lol..

  • February 20, 2017 at 2:09 am

    These look like a lot of fun! You’re almost making me wish for freezing temperatures here on the west coast so I can make these. I’ll keep this recipe handy for when the day comes. 🙂

    • Ratna
      February 20, 2017 at 3:54 am

      They really are Nicole. You will become a fan of the kids. Welcome to Cooking sutra.

  • Ev
    February 19, 2017 at 9:50 am

    What an amazing idea. I love these images in the snow – if you have that much snow you must take advantage of a natural prop for your photography that isn’t going to melt anytime soon. Lovely post Ratna

    • Ratna
      February 20, 2017 at 3:51 am

      Thanks Ev, there is no dearth of the white stuff here. It is fun shooting outdoors as long as you have the hat, coat, boot, mitt, scarf etc etc..

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