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Stuffed Baked Apples

6 baking apples 3 tablespoons butter
1 cup finely chopped pitted dates 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup chopped walnuts 1 cup maple syrup
1 cup (canned) mandarin oranges, cut up      

Core apples. Remove 1-inch peel from top of each and arrange in baking dish. Combine dates, walnuts, mandarin oranges, and butter. Add water. Cover baking dish after stuffing apples. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 35 minutes. Uncover. Bake 20 minutes longer; baste 3 times with maple syrup. During cooking, baste at intervals.


Maple Walnut Granola

4 cups rolled oats 1 cup wheat germ
1 cup sesame seeds 1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts 1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup maple syrup   3/4 cup honey

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine oats, wheat germ, sesame seeds, coconut and nuts. Add oil and stir until evenly distributed. Pour in maple syrup, stirring well. Add honey and mix until well moistened and mixture is crumbly and sticky. Spread in a large shallow pan. Bake 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally for even browning until mixture is golden brown and dry. Cool and store in airtight container


French Toasted Fondue

  French bread   1/4 teaspoon salt
2 well-beaten eggs     salad oil
1/2 cup milk

Cut French bread into about 50 bite-size pieces, each with one crust. Combine eggs, milk and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pour salad oil into fondue cooker, heat, add 1 teaspoon salt. Spear bread through crust with fondue fork; dip in egg mixture. Fry in hot oil until golden brown. Dip in Fluffy Maple Sauce.

Fluffy Maple Sauce

1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners sugar 1/2

 

cup maple syrup
1/2 cup butter 1 egg, separated

Thoroughly cream together,  confectioners sugar,   butter,  maple syrup and egg yolk. Fold in  stiffly beaten egg white. Chill.


Maple Popcorn, Cereal, or Nut Candy

1 tablespoon butter 1 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons water 3 quarts popped corn or mixed cereal and nuts

Boil together butter, water, maple syrup. Boil until forms soft ball in cold (not ice) water. Add  popped corn or mixed cereal and nuts. Stir briskly until mixture coats popped corn evenly. Continue stirring until cools, when each morsel will be separately coated.


Mapled Appetizers

1 13 1/2 ounce can pineapple chunks in syrup 1/3 cup water
2  8 ounce packages brown & serve sausage links 1/3 cup vinegar
4 tablespoons cornstarch   1 med. green pepper, cut in 3/4 inch squares
1/2 teaspoons salt   1/2 cup drained maraschino cherries
1/2 cup maple syrup    

Drain pineapple, reserving 1/2 cup liquid. Cut sausages in thirds crosswise; brown in skillet. At serving time, blend cornstarch, salt, reserved liquid, maple syrup, water and vinegar in blazer' pan or chafing dish. Heat to boiling, over direct heat, stirring constantly; cook and stir a few minutes more.
Add drained pineapple, sausage, green pepper chunks and cherries; heat through. Keep warm over hot water. Spear with cocktail picks. Makes about 150 appetizers.


Maple Parfait

1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin 1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoons cold water   few grains salt
  hot water   1/2 pint whipped cream
2 egg yolks    

In top of double boiler, soak gelatin in cold water. Dissolve over hot water. Add egg yolks. Beat until light. Add  maple syrup, slowly beating all the time. Stir and cook over hot water until thickened. Cool. Add salt. Fold in  whipped cream. Freeze in mold or in ice cube trays.


Maple Syrup Salad
(Very rich fruit salad or could be used as a dessert.)

1/4 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup nuts
8 ounces cream cheese 11/2 cup crushed pineapple
2 drops food coloring (Green or red)   1 package whipped topping or whipped cream.
1/2 cup chopped dates      

Fold cream into rest of ingredients, refrigerate for 4 hours, and then freeze if desired.


Maple Fruit Cream

1 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup candied cherries
2 cup cream 1 cup pineapple

Mix the syrup and cream. Add the cherries cut in small pieces. Put pineapple through food chopper (or use crushed). Combine all ingredients and freeze.


Maple Apple Crunch

8 to 10 graham crackers, crushed 4 apples
1/2 cup butter or margarine   1/2 cup maple syrup

Mix cracker crumbs and butter thoroughly. Slice apples. Butter a 1 quart baking dish and place apples in bottom of dish. Pour maple syrup over apples and add cracker and butter mixture. Bake at 325 degrees F for 25 minutes. Top with whipped cream or ice cream. Serves 6.
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