Yeany’s Recipe of the Week: Maple Creamy Wild Rice Soup

Yeany -2Maple Creamy Wild Rice Soup – Another delicious recipe from Yeany’s Maple!

Maple Creamy Wild Rice Soup

Ingredients

6 cups chicken stock
2/3 cup wild rice
1 cup finely chopped shallots
2 cups half-and-half
¼ cup flour
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Sea salt, to taste
Chives, for garnish

Directions

~In a 4-quart saucepan, bring stock and rice to a boil over medium high heat. Cover and cook for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add shallots and continue cooking until rice is tender, 5-10 minutes.

~In a small bowl, whisk half-and-half, flour, thyme and pepper, then whisk into the soup. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring until soup thickens, about 15 minutes. Stir in maple syrup, salt and pepper.

~When serving, garnish each bowl with finely chopped chives.

~Serves 6.

Yeany’s Maple Syrup and other maple products can be found at Yeany’s location in Marienville; Leeper Market; Haller’s Store in Tionesta; Sara Jane’s Deli in Fryburg; and Hirsch’s Meats in Kossuth.

Cooking With Maple Products by Dave Yeany

Cooking with Maple Syrup

Pure maple syrup is slightly sweeter than cane sugar. It contains 62 calories per tablespoon as opposed to 54 calories per tablespoon for sugar. But – you use less maple syrup.

To use maple syrup in cooking: substitute 3/4 cup of syrup for each cup of sugar and reduce the liquid in the recipe by 3 tablespoons.

When using Maple Syrup to replace granulated white sugar, first make sure that using the liquid maple syrup will not hurt the recipe.

There is roughly the same amount of sugar in a cup of maple syrup as there is in a cup of granulated white sugar. Using the cup of maple syrup in place of the white sugar adds extra 3.7 ounces (1/3 to 1/2 cup) of liquid to the recipe. To balance the liquid in the recipe, you need to reduce other liquids in the recipe, typically water or milk, by the same amount, 1/3 to ½ cup, for each cup of sugar replaced.

To replace brown sugar, do the following:

1 cup loose brown sugar = ¾ cup maple syrup, reduce other liquids by ¼ cup
1 cup packed brown sugar = 1 cup plus 1 Tbsp maple syrup. Reduce other liquids in the recipe by just less than ½ cup.

Maple Sugar

Maple Sugar can be substituted for granulated sugar, cup for cup.

1 cup granulated sugar = 1 cup of maple sugar

Maple Sugar can also be used in place of brown sugar.

1 cup loose brown sugar = 1 cup maple sugar

If the recipe calls for “packed” brown sugar, I use the following amounts of maple sugar:

¼ cup packed brown sugar = ½ cup maple sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar = ¾ cup maple sugar
¾ cup packed brown sugar = 1 cup maple sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar = 1 ¼ cups maple sugar

I increase the maple sugar by ¼ cup more than what the recipe calls for in packed brown sugar.

About Yeany’s Maple:

Yeany’s Maple is a 3,000 tap operation in Forest County, producing approximately 1,000 gallons of maple syrup each year.

Maple Grades

– Golden Maple Syrup – with a delicate taste
– Amber Maple Syrup – with a rich taste
– Dark Maple Syrup – with a robust taste
– Very Dark Maple Syrup – with a strong taste

For more information on Yeany’s Maple Syrup, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yeanys-Maple-Syrup/161532047254784.

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