Tuesday, November 15, 2011

MAPLE SYRUP CAKE

When I was growing up in Southern Indiana, one of the farmers in the area had a maple sugar camp on his property.  Every Fall he would hold a community weiner roast at the camp and the men would help stir the cooking syrup while the women served food and we kids played with our friends by running up and down the hillside.  It is another one of my favorite childhood memories.  It was so much fun and a good lesson, too, seeing how the syrup we enjoyed on our pancakes was made.

2 eggs
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup real maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
powdered sugar for garnish

Combine eggs and brown sugar in a mixing bowl and mix well.  Stir in the maple syrup, baking powder, bakin soda, and sour cream.  Add the flour and vanilla while mixing well.  Pour into a greased oblong cake pan (9 x 13).  Bake cake at 325 degrees for approximately 40 minutes or until it tests done.  Cool on a wire rack.  To garnish, dust with powderd sugar if desired. Cut into 24 squares.

My great-nephew tapping the maple trees for his family's maple syrup making process.



2 comments:

Linda said...

This really brings back memories of making maple syrup--my grandparents had 12 big maples lining their long, brick driveway--and we made syrup every year. I can remember the excitement of being 'allowed' to go out during the night when the sap was running and help dad with the buckets. Would I do that now? Doubtful...;-) But those were good times!

Grandma aka Linda Wilson said...

I know what you mean, Linda. I think memories are wonderful but we did a lot of hard work back in the day!