Thursday, March 24, 2016

Pure Maple Cupcakes

It's maple sugar time 
here in Eastern Canada.
Easter being just around the corner;
 I made these maple muffins and decorated them
 with walnuts, making a little nest to hold a tiny egg.


Pure maple syrup is made from the sap of our maple trees.





Ingredients:
2 1/2 all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans.
1/2 cup  butter slightly softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
11/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla extract. (I used maple extract)
1/2 cup milk (or buttermilk).



Heat Oven to 325 deg. F.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, 
baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. 
Mix in the walnuts.

In a larger bowl with a hand mixer, or a stand mixer, 
cream the butter and brown sugar together, until fluffy.
Add the eggs, maple syrup and vanilla,  mix until 
well combined, 


 Stir the flour in the liquid mixture by 
thirds alternating with the milk.
until combined. 


Line 16 cupcake/muffin pan with cupcake liners. 
Fill each 3/4 full.
An ice cream scoop works well for filling


 Bake 20-25 minutes 
until a toothpick inserted in the center
 of a cupcake comes out clean.
Allow to cool in the pans for 15 minutes, 
then remove the cupcakes to
 a wire rack to cool completely. 



Once the cupcakes are completely
 cooled, they can be frosted.


I frosted them with a buttercream maple 
frosting, and decorated them with walnuts and mini eggs,(I used Cadbury mini eggs). 
Quebec Maple Syrup
a natural product made
from the sap of the maple trees.


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