Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Brilliant Brunch: Homemade Maine Blueberry Maple Syrup

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That's a mouthful!  This is actually one of my favorite new recipes I'm sharing with you.  First of all, John and I were able to pick some blueberries on our way home from our amazing vacation in Maine.  Maine blueberries are something special.  In New York, we're sort of spoiled because New Jersey blueberries are also delicious but picking your own berries is just an experience and in my opinion, the berries taste better than if you picked your own berries at the supermarket.  But that's just me.

Now the maple syrup is also really special.  For my birthday this year, my family and I went to Crown Maple Syrup during one of their open house days.  They are one of the top producers of maple syrup in the world and I enjoyed asking the makers of the syrup all types of questions.  We also got to sample every flavor they made, maple sugar, maple popcorn, maple ice cream, and we ate lunch there where everything had a maple syrup twist.  Needless to say, we also bought a lot of maple syrup to take home.

Breakfasts in our house on the weekends are usually pretty decadent affairs.  Both John and I love breakfast and it's fun to make something hearty and delicious.  We decided to make blueberry pancakes with our Maine blueberries and I knew I couldn't pass up the chance to make blueberry-flavored maple syrup too!  I have a fondness for flavored maple syrups because grandma, A, used to take us to IHOP when we were little - at that time, they had 4 syrups on the table and blueberry was always my favorite (do they still do this? I can't remember the last time I was at an IHOP).
Homemade Maine Blueberry Maple Syrup
Serves:  2 cups
2 cups blueberries
2/3 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely grated

In a large saucepan, combine blueberries, maple syrup, lemon juice, and mint.  Simmer blueberries for 5 minutes in maple syrup, stirring often.  You can choose to blend it at this point, but I like to just mix vigorously - some blueberries will dissolve, some will stay chunky.

Serve immediately or put in a small jar and seal.  Stores for up to 4 weeks.


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    1. Amanda, yes! So simple - your family is going to go crazy for it ;)

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