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Oh My, Maple Pie

White sugar was once quite scarce in the United States, especially during colonial times.  Many of the Amish adapted by using other sweeteners, like maple syrup and maple sugar (once more common than the cane kind).  Molasses was also a plentiful sweetener available.  To this day Amish recipes often have more maple and molasses than other cultural cuisines.  In fact, those Amish who have sugar maples on their property often produce and sell syrup.   So if you want a rich pie (um....I've tried this it IS rich....just fair warning), but a delicious one, try this!


2 tablespoons butter

1 cup maple sugar

1 1 /4 cup hot milk

3 eggs

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 /8 cup cold milk

1 /2 teaspoon salt

prepared or homemade pie crust

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Melt butter and blend in maple sugar.  Gradually add hot milk and stir until sugar is well dissolved. Beat eggs, wet cornstarch with cold milk and blend with hot mixture. Add salt. Turn into unbaked pie shell and sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake in a moderate 350 oven until custard is set or until knife comes out clean.

dcharrison's picture
Re: Oh My, Maple Pie

I don't like maple anything & I don't usually like syrup of any kind.  But when I was a kid my mother would mix corn syrup with peanut butter to make it spread easier for sandwiches.  We would sometimes have sorghum or molasses with our biscuits for breakfast.

Since I don't like syrup, I love the blueberry pancakes at the Dutch Kitchen - just add butter to them and they are so moist & flavorful!  My favorite eat-out breakfast.


Re: Oh My, Maple Pie

Which brings up another Amish concoction: homemade "syrup."  For those Amish that don't have sugar maples (which is most) pancake syrup isn't usually Mrs. Buttersworth....instead, Amish cooks often prepare a homemade syrup out of brown sugar and molasses...Maybe I can find the recipe somewhere in my files from Lovina's Mom...she used to make this...another stand-by for pancakes: corn syrup.  Personally, I love corn syrup on pancakes, but I have a friend who says that sounds gross (don't knock it til you try it!:). Pure maple syrup is amazing, but I hear you, LuvM, very, very expensive....and the way I sop my pancakes in syrup that tiny $5 bottle would be gone in about 5 minutes...

LuvMaerz's picture
Re: Oh My, Maple Pie

"A mind is like a parachute. It doesnt work if it's not open."- Frank Zappa

When I lived at home, corn syrup is what we usually used.  Now my husband saves the corn syrup for his cornbread... since they are both made of corn, they have to go together Wink

LuvMaerz's picture
Re: Oh My, Maple Pie

"A mind is like a parachute. It doesnt work if it's not open."- Frank Zappa

As I was buying a jug of the microwavable syrup yesterday that I always get, I realized that I don't think I have ever had REAL maple syrup!  I smallish-sized bottle was nearly $5, so I stuck to my $1.98 stuff.

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