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August Recipe: Blueberry Cream Flan

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup Maple Sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup soft margarine
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen - not thawed)
In food processor or mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, margarine, egg whites, and vanilla; mix well. Press into bottom of 10 in / 3L cake pan, sprinkle with blueberries. 

Topping
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp all purpose flour
2 cups low fat plain yogurt
2/3 cup Maple Sugar
In bowl, sprinkle flour over yogurt. Add egg, sugar, and vanilla; mix until smooth. Pour over berries. 
Bake at 350 F for 60-70 minutes or until golden. Serve warm or cold. Makes 12 servings.
Delicious topped with any of Acadian Maple's Blueberry Products.


Maple Crème Flan with Maple Glazed Pears

Flan:
1 cup pure maple syrup
3 1/2 cups whipping cream
7 large egg yolks
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup


Pears:
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 ripe Bartlett pears, unpeeled, quartered, cored
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
1/8 teaspoon salt

For flan:
Simmer maple syrup in heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat until reduced to 3/4 cup, about 7 minutes. Stir in cream; return to simmer.

Whisk egg yolks in large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in hot cream mixture. Whisk in salt. Strain custard into another large bowl. Cover and chill until cold, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.

Preheat oven to 300°F. Stir sugar, 1/4 cup water, and light corn syrup in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and boil without stirring until syrup is deep amber color, occasionally brushing down sides of pan with wet pastry brush and swirling pan, about 6 minutes. Pour syrup into 9 1/4x5 1/4x3-inch nonstick metal loaf pan, tilting pan carefully to coat sides. Let stand 10 minutes.

Pour custard into pan with syrup. Place loaf pan in large roasting pan. Add enough hot water to roasting pan to come halfway up sides of loaf pan. Cover roasting pan with foil. Pierce foil all over with fork. Bake flan 1 hour 45 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 325°F. Uncover and bake until flan is set around edges but center moves slightly when pan is gently shaken, about 1 hour longer. Remove flan from water. Transfer to rack; cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

For pears:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Melt butter in heavy large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Arrange pears, 1 cut side down, in skillet. Cook until brown, about 4 minutes. Turn onto second cut side and cook until brown, about 4 minutes longer. Stir in maple syrup; bring to boil. Place in oven and bake until pears are tender, about 25 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer pears to plate. Whisk crème fraîche and salt into sauce in skillet. Return pears to skillet and toss to coat.

Run sharp knife around edge of flan to loosen. Invert flan onto platter. Surround with pears and sauce.

Source: Epicurious

Maple Cake with Maple Syrup Frosting

Cake:
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons non-hydrogenated solid vegetable shortening, room temperature
2 cups pure maple syrup (preferably Medium)
3 large egg yolks
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 cup walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped

Frosting:
3 cups powdered sugar
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (preferably Grade B)
Toasted walnut halves (for garnish)

Special equipment: Two 8-inch-diameter cake pans with 2-inch-high sides

For cake:
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 325°F. Butter two 8-inch-diameter cake pans with 2-inch-high sides. Line bottom of pans with parchment paper; butter parchment. Dust pans with flour; tap out excess. Sift 3 cups flour, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter and shortening in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add maple syrup and beat until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add egg yolks and egg 1 at a time, beating until well blended after each addition. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with milk in 2 additions. Fold in walnuts. Divide batter equally between prepared pans (about 3 1/2 cups for each); smooth tops.

Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Cool cakes in pans on racks 20 minutes. Run small knife around sides of cakes to loosen. Invert cakes onto racks; remove parchment. Cool cakes completely.

For frosting:
Sift powdered sugar into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until smooth. Add powdered sugar and maple syrup and beat just until smooth (do not overbeat or frosting may become too soft).

Using serrated knife, trim off domed top of each cake layer, creating flat surface. Place 1 cake layer, trimmed side up, on platter. Spoon 1 cup frosting in dollops over top of cake layer; spread evenly to edges. Top with second cake layer, trimmed side down. Spread remaining frosting evenly over top and sides of cake. Arrange walnut halves around top edge of cake. DO AHEAD: Can be made up to 1 day ahead. Cover with cake dome and chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Cut cake into wedges and serve.

Source: Epicurious

Pumpkin Maple Cheesecake

Crust:
1 1/2 cup Graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup Granulated sugar
1 cup Melted butter
1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon

Filling:
1 1/2 lb Cream cheese
1 1/4 cup Maple sugar
1/2 cup Maple syrup
5 x Eggs
2 cup Cooked pumpkin puree
1 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Ginger
1/4 tsp Salt
Confectioners' sugar for garnish

Prepare the crust by combining all ingredients and pressing into a greased 9" (23 cm) springform pan. Chill at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 325 F (160 C).
Beat the cream cheese and maple sugar until very light. Add the maple syrup. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat after each one. Add the pumpkin and spices and pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 1 1/4 hours.
Cool to room temperature, refrigerate 6-8 hours before serving. Garnish by sprinkling with confectioners' sugar, serve.