The forest-to-table movement is something sweet that we can sink our teeth into.
Be sap savvy and use nutrient-rich tree syrups as a replacement for sugar, a glaze to savor, or a rich topping for your favorite treats. It makes pork purr and salad dressings sing. And while you’re at it, expand your repertoire and experiment with other tree syrups, like walnut and sycamore. We asked Annie Humes, owner and chief deliciousness officer of her hospitality business, Workman Works, in Pendleton County to share some simple recipes that will elevate your culinary creations.
You can use maple syrup to glaze beef or pork roast. Use 3 parts Spruce Knob Maple Hot Chili Pepper–infused maple syrup and 1 part vegetable or sunflower oil. Brush over entire roast before placing in oven. Coat 1 to 3 more times during roasting.
Maple Pumpkin Pie
EASY ELEGANT DESSERT
Dessert doesn’t have to be complicated. This simple treat will satisfy every sweet tooth with a creamy ice cream texture and nutty maple topping. Simple, elegant, and so delicious.
Sprinkle scoops of vanilla ice cream with toasted walnuts or pecans and drizzle with walnut syrup. Add a wafer cookie, and viola!
You can toast the nuts in a 350° oven in a single layer on a baking sheet. Depending upon the nut, it should take 5–10 minutes to toast. Stir the nuts or shake the pan halfway through cooking. Stay close and pay attention to the smell. As soon as you smell that nutty aroma, you’re done.