Maple Sugaring and Oatmeal Pancakes

 

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Last weekend, we went to Kensington Park to check out their maple sugar trees and watch how sap is collected and boiled to make maple syrup. Did you know it takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup? That is a lot of sap! Our enthusiastic guide showed us how he taps the trees and collects the syrup in covered, metal tins. Afterwards, he led us the the Sugar Shack where they boil the sap. After the maple tour, we also checked out the farm area that had plenty of newborn piglets and baby goats. They also had a good-size chicken house and chickens that I coveted greatly ;) Local parks in the area are continuing to educate the public on the history and practice of collecting maple syrup this month. See below for a couple of nearby parks and their programs.

Let us not forget the pancakes. Before we went on our tour, we enjoyed a [windy and frigid] outdoor picnic of some rather delicious oatmeal pancakes that I made and some wonderful Orange, Cinnamon and Raisin Sweet Rolls with fragrant orange butter made by the talented Warda of 64sqftkitchen. We topped our pancakes with some fresh fruit (thanks to Christina). And luckily, we were able to keep warm with some Vietnamese coffee, soy milk and Ovaltine (thanks to Bobby and Vilay).

 

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KENSINGTON METRO PARK
2240 W. Buno Road, Milford, MI 48380
Phone: 248-684-8632

Maple’s Sweet Story March weekends, Farm Learning Center. Stop in for a hot breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon, then visit the sugar bush and the sugar shack from noon to 3 p.m. to see how maple trees are tapped and the sap is collected and boiled into syrup. Continuous demonstrations will be given. School groups may make weekday appointments.

HUDSON MILLS METRO PARK

8801 N. Territorial Road, Dexter, MI 48130
Phone: 734-426-8211

Maple Sugaring: Journey to the Sugar Bush Saturdays and Sundays, March 1, 2, 8, 9, 22, 29 and 30, at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon, Activity Center. Take a guided tour to the sugar bush. Travel back in time and experience how maple syrup has been made over the years. All-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfasts will be served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fees: $2 per person/guided tour; $5 per adult/$3.50 per child/pancake breakfast. Pre-registration required for the guided tour.

 

OATMEAL PANCAKES WITH MICHIGAN PURE MAPLE SYRUP

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DEE’S OATMEAL PANCAKES
from Simply Recipes

INGREDIENTS: (4-6 servings)

  • 2 cups oats (the regular kind – Old Fashioned or Quick, not steel-cut and not instant)
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Dash salt
  • 1 Tbsp peanut oil
  • Butter or extra vegetable oil for the griddle

STEPS:

Put oats into a large bowl, add the buttermilk. Let the oats soak in the buttermilk overnight.

Mix in the eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, and peanut oil.

Then proceed as with any pancake recipe. Heat a flat iron surface – griddle or large pan – to medium high heat. Oil the pan with either a Tbsp of butter or vegetable oil. Ladle [I used a 1/3 cup-size measuring cup] the pancake batter onto the griddle to the desired size, usually about 5 or 6 inches wide. When air bubbles start to bubble up to the surface at the center of the pancakes (about 2-3 minutes), use a flat spatula to flip them over. After a minute, peak under one for doneness. When golden or darker golden brown, they are done. Note that cooking the second side takes only about half as long as the first side. Also, the second side doesn’t brown as evenly as the first side. Serve immediately or keep warm in the oven until ready to serve.

Serve with butter and locally-made maple syrup.

 

Bon appétit!

 

 

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9 Responses to “Maple Sugaring and Oatmeal Pancakes”

  1. brilynn Says:

    I wanted to make those rolls that I saw Warda make too! Your pancakes look delicious as well, everything is delicious when it’s drenched in yummy yummy maple syrup!

  2. Aimee Says:

    Lovely photos. I must get out to a sugar shack this spring here in Quebec.

  3. hunni*b & her SweetP Says:

    HAPPY EASTER!

    How ‘bout our new 6-inch snowy welcome of Spring ???? !!!!!
    Soon enough it will only be a faint memory.
    “NOT quite soon enough”, you say, Christine?
    But it was/IS beautiful, no?!

    What will NOT be soon forgotten is our own personal experience of
    having tasted first-hand those wonderful pancakes, which you so generously shared with us. Two maple syrup-sticky-finger-licky thumbs up from here, for sure!
    UMMMMMMM!

    Although the actual execution of your recipes is forbidden in these quarters ~ due to the merciless tyranny of our New Year’s Diet Resolution, ( …holding firm, thanks for asking!) …your “cheat” offer was too tempting to pass up. And the WHOLE GRAINS and FRESH FRUIT therein ARE, indeed, HEALTHY!
    Besides, it would be extremely rude to deny you the pleasure of your gift, no?!

    We continue to relish your site ~ the recipes ~ the commentary ~ the photos ~ & your enviable adventures, as always!

    Your recent humble (& most grateful!) neighbor/ “taste-testers”~.

    P.S. !!!! THINK SPRING !!!! all you lambie-kins!

  4. Vilay Says:

    Hi Christine and Pierre!

    Hope you all had a wonderful Easter. Thank you again for a fun filled weekend at Kensington. Great food, great company, need I say more?:)

    Keep up the great work on your site. Love the pictures and layout. We’ll definitely keep checking in to see what other wonderful recipes you’ll post up.

    Spring is coming!! Can’t wait. BBQ and picnics.

    Take care, we’ll talk to you soon!
    -Noi and Bobby

  5. Warda Says:

    Bonjour Christine!
    How can somebody forget those delicious and. let’s not forget, good for use oatmeal pancakes, and the Vietnamese Coffee…Mmmnn! So good!. Too bad it was a little cold, and I spent most of my time running behind a little adventurer enjoying the goats ;)

    Looking forward to more picnics, my dear!

  6. White On Rice Couple Says:

    Here’s a great thing about living in Michigan, you get to see maple trees being sapped and eat fresh maple syrup! We only get to see this process via TV and magazines! We’re soooo jealous! :(
    But your pancakes do look marvelous and it’s a great dish that can be eaten all throughout the day!

  7. Jen Says:

    I want to dip my finger into the syrup, and then I want to open those jars of jam and dip my finger in there, and then I want to nibble on pancakes. I’m not even a sweet brekkie person and this looks so tantalizing. Here’s hoping that you get to don your flip flops sooner than later, dear!

  8. holybasil Says:

    Brilynn-Thanks! The sweet rolls from Warda were a definite treat. And they’re perfect for pinics too.
    Aimee – Merci!
    hunni*b & her SweetP – We are definitely trying to think spring – it is taking a bit more imagination, though :) We’re glad you enjoyed the pancakes. They are a tiny, tiny token of appreciation for you both being rockstar neighbors! :)
    Noi and Bobby- Thanks guys! Now that we all have passes to Kensington, we are down for biking/picnics/general reverlry :)
    Warda – Merci bc for the wonderful buns – they’re a keeper. First, the sablés and now, these buns. I must get to the gym.
    WhiteonRiceCouple- Yes, the maple trees are a unique thing that one cannot find in California (not that I know of, anyway). Jealous? Well……………………………….. maybe for second, right? Then, you walk into your fabulous garden and you realize maple syrup aint all that compared to this! :)
    Jen- I with you on not being a sweet brekkie person – Phở is the breakfast for me, ja know?

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    Interesting site, i have bookmarked your blog for future referrence :)


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