Homemade Maple Syrup Muffins

This year we decided to try our hand at tapping the maple trees on our property so that we could make our own maple syrup.  Last fall, just before the leaves fell from the trees on our wooded lot, we marked trees that we had identified as maple trees.  After a long hard winter, as the overnight temperatures dipped below 30 degrees and the daytime temperatures climbed above this mark, we tapped the trees so that a clear syrupy liquid (sap) would flow down the trunk of the trees into our collection buckets.  We were surprised to find that this process was really quite quick and our buckets were filled within the first couple of hours.  Next, we boiled down the syrup until it was golden and met the temperature standard for just the right consistency.  



This morning, I made a batch of Oat and Maple Muffins using our very own, utterly delicious maple syrup.  I’m so happy we decided to try the maple syrup making process and I look forward to doing it again next year!

Oat and Maple Muffins 

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup real maple syrup

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup milk

 1 cup flour

1 cup old fashioned oats

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin cups or use paper muffin liners.  In a large bowl, mix together oil and brown sugar. Beat in maple syrup, egg, milk and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, stir together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture just long enough to incorporate. Fold in chopped walnuts. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.  Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Remove from pans and place on a wire rack to cool before serving.

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43 thoughts on “Homemade Maple Syrup Muffins

  1. sweeteatsboutique says:

    I’m so jealous! I really want Maple trees to tap… Maybe someday. For now, though, I will settle with store bought. I can’t wait to try these muffins out!

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  2. We spend a lot of money buying pure maple syrup and would love to make our own someday. How many trees did you tap and how much did they yield? How many jars of syrup did you end up with? What a treat to have your own trees and now your very own maple syrup!

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    • While we certainly could have tapped as many as 30-40 trees, we had read several books that instructed beginners to start small. We decided to tap only 7 trees. The result, 4-8 oz canning jars of golden maple syrup from maybe 25 gallons of sap.
      I have to admit that we only collected sap a few times as we had to leave for Spring Break vacation and could not collect during our time away.
      I hope this helps! Happy sugaring!

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    • Hi:

      Our trees yield up to a gallon of sap or more per tap each day. The flow varies with weather.
      We tapped 5 trees with 7 taps, collected about 60-70 gallons of sap over three weeks, and produced around a gallon-and-a-half of syrup.

      Paz

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  3. Our syrup had quite a bit of sediment in the bottom, once settled.
    How about yours?
    We strained it at every opportunity through cheesecloth & cotton.
    Maple producers recommend a felt filter.

    Paz

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    • We ended up filtering it twice…
      Once when we took the sap from the tree and once more at the end of processing. We used cheesecloth. This seemed to take care of the sediment for us.

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    • My husband was the driving force for this project. In fact,he should be given total credit for the effort! He’s a good guy and had wanted to try this for a long time.
      Thanks for your valued comment! Have a great day.

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