Homemade Maple Cream

by Jenn on December 16, 2012

in Dairy Free,Desserts,Dips and Sauces,Featured Posts,Flops,Gluten Free

Homemade Maple Cream

When the depravity of humankind seems too much to bear, when we don’t want to try to bring our minds to accept the in comprehensible tragedies we never even knew possible, it seems a cold bleak world indeed.

I cannot offer up much to alter one’s impression of our world or the atrocities that occur therein, nor have I anything to give beyond kind thoughts and prayers to console those who suffer pain and grief, especially from such unspeakable events.  But as we draw nearer to this Christmas day what I can do is offer some joy and light to this space, and some happy thoughts, be they trivial or integral to my very being – to make the world a little brighter, even if only a tiny bit.

Some Happy Thoughts

to add a little cheer to this bleak depressing world.

My Mom’s Chocolate Truffles

A very intolerant Thanksgiving

  Gluten Free Baking Successes

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Waking up Early to Catch the Sunrise

Florida Sunrise PAG_0225a

Seeing Beauty in the Little Things

Cappuccino Love Market Strawberries

Feeling Small in the Wonder of it all

Winter Hikers, Leysin

Staying up Late to See the Stars

Moon Setting in Bourgogne, France My first star shot, ever.

Carefree Afternoons on the Water

Sailing on the Vierwaldstättersee

Sharing Meals with Friends

Last dinner with the Plate to Page crew Plate to Page Restaurant Review

Soul Mates

My sister and her fiancé

This maple cream was originally my attempt at making maple sugar candies.  Unfortunately, it didn’t set up well in the molds.  However, it is particularly delicious when spread on top of bread, scones, pancakes, and still has that characteristic melt in your mouth quality that I love about maple sugar candy, even if it is just a spread.  It doesn’t matter that it didn’t come out how I originally intended.  It’s beautiful, each bite a moment to savor, just like each precious blessing we have in our lives.

May all our happy thoughts help make the world the brighter place we know it can be.

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosa December 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Delicious! That is something I would not be able to stop.

Lovely uplifting pictures.

Cheers,

Rosa

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Jenn December 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Thanks so much Rosa.

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Parsley Sage December 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Lovely post, Jenn. I think everyone could use some perspective and a moment to remember that not all is lost, that there’s still some good out there :)

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Jenn December 16, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Thanks so much!

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MooNFaCe December 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Such a sweet post, sweet thoughts, sweet recipe and soo sweet, breath taking pictures.

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Jenn December 16, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Thank you!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary December 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Lovely photos and an even lovelier message.

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Jenn December 17, 2012 at 12:10 am

Thanks Barbara!

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Simone December 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Beautiful post Jenn and indeed it does bring a little light to very bleak days indeed. Love the shots!

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Jenn December 17, 2012 at 12:13 am

Thank you Simone!

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Laura December 17, 2012 at 12:51 am

Very uplifting and wise, Jenn. Thank you. I love maple syrup. But more than that, I love your reminder of the beauty, the charm, and the sweetness this world still offers.

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Jenn December 17, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Thank you so much, Laura.

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Zoe December 17, 2012 at 2:18 am

This spread is even more simple than I thought! It looks and sounds lovely, Jenn, and it’s also a wonderful photo. :) All your photos are beautiful! I especially admire the starry sky shot – that takes skill.

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Jenn December 17, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Thanks so much Zoe! Yeah, who knew that maple syrup can turn into such a delicious pale cream? :)

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KarenO December 17, 2012 at 4:18 am

This looks yummy! Could you give me an idea how long (approximately) it takes to get to each of the temps listed? 5 minutes? 10 minutes? Just trying to figure that out in advance. Thanks!

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Jenn December 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I think it depends on how low your stovetop’s low heat is. With my stove it took a good hour to get up to temperature. and at least a good 30 min to cool down. But if you have thinner pans, it may cool faster, etc.

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KarenO December 20, 2012 at 2:55 am

Thanks, Jenn. That gives me an idea what to expect!

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Jayne December 17, 2012 at 7:45 am

Lovely, a very sweet message. There are indeed many things to be grateful for. I do love a one ingredient recipe, sounds divine!

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Jenn December 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Thank you so much Jayne.

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Jamie December 17, 2012 at 10:41 am

Lovely, Jenn. Lovely. I’m in between a warm smile and tears. And I love the maple cream.

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Jenn December 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Thank you so much Jamie!

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Michelle December 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Love this post- found the recipe through Tastespotting and was very touched by your message and beautiful photos. Thank you.

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Jenn December 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Thank you so much!

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Eva @ Eva Bakes December 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Sounds (and looks) delicious! Thanks for this recipe to sweeten up the day for everyone.

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Jenn December 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Thank you!

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Jeanne @ CookSister! December 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm

What a wonderful, uplifting post. I always say in times of tragedy that the living should reflect on what has happened, but we also have an obligation t keep on living and spread whatever positive energy we can in this world. Beautiful pics – is that Mr Jenncuisine in the early morning sun?? Also love that you used some pics of the P2P meals – such warm, happy memories. x

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Jenn December 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Thanks so much Jeanne, and yes it is :) And yes to Plate to Page, warm happy memories indeed!

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Laura Dembowski December 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm

This sounds and looks very interesting. I love maple syrup so this just sounds heavenly.

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Jenn January 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm

thank you!

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jaime @ sweet road December 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm

It’s crazy how just a collection of photos can provide so much inspiration. I guess it’s just having an image in front of you to point out and supplement things you already know

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Jenn January 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm

aww thanks so much!

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El December 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Lovely post. Very uplifting and I’m looking forward to trying the maple cream.

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Jenn January 8, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Thanks El!

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Megan January 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm

The spread looks delicious!!!! I just have two questions–should I store the spread in the refrigerator once I pour it into a mason jar, and about how long will it keep?

Thank you!!!! :-)

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Jenn January 8, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Thanks – I did store it in the refrigerator since I have no clue how to do any canning processes (or even which foods would work ok for that). As for how long it will keep? I’m not sure… after about 2 weeks ours was all gone so at least that long…

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Ronalyn Hurley December 18, 2013 at 1:25 am

You are an amazingly talented photographer. Thank you for sharing. Thank you, also, for the Maple Cream recipe. I plan to tackle that tomorrow.

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