What's Happening in the Sugar Woods

Maple Shortbread Cookies

18 February, 2016

 So easy

So tender !!

Subtle maple flavor, melts in your mouth.

Prep     20 mins. Plus chill time of one hour or overnight

Bake   10 mins. to 12 mins.

Yield   2 to 2 1/2 dozen 2" to 3" cookies.

 

Dough

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup Dubie Family Pure Granulated Maple Sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Topping

  • 2 tablespoons Dubie Family Pure Granulated Maple Sugar

Directions

  1. Beat the butter with the sugars, salt, vanilla until well blended.
  2. Beat in the flour to form a smooth dough. The dough will be crumbly at first, but will come together as it's mixed.
  3. Divide the dough in half, pat each half into a disk, wrap well, and chill for about an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
  5. Sprinkle the dough and your work surface lightly with flour.
  6. Roll the dough till it's a scant 1/4" thick.
  7. Cut cookies with a cookie cutter.
  8. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets, and sprinkle with maple sugar.
  9. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until they're very lightly browned. Remove from the oven.
  10. Let sit on the baking sheet for several minutes before moving to a rack to cool completely.

 

Substituting Maple Syrup for Sugar

30 January, 2016

We all want to eat healthy right!? but we love our sweets too !! Well, here at Dubie Family Maple we have your solution and trust me, I substitute our granulated maple sugar for just about everything calling for sugar !!!! So here are some tips to follow to get a wonderful and satisfying sweet recipe.

General cooking:

Use only 3/4 of the amount of maple syrup as the white sugar in a recipe. For example, if a recipe calls to use a 1/4 C.(4 TBS.) sugar, use 3 TBS. of maple syrup instead.

Baking

For every cup of sugar, substitute 3/4 C.- 1 1/2 C. maple syrup and reduce the dominant liquid in the recipe by 2-4 TBS.Do not cut back on the liquids that alter the texture or flavor of a recipe, such as liquer,egg,oil when you have 2 C. milk to play with.

For most recipes you can also substitute our granulated maple sugar 1:1 for white sugar. Your flavor profile will be altered for the better in most recipes !! you may also need to add 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. baking soda to reduce maple syrups slight acidity, not necessary in recipes with buttermilk, sour milk or sour cream.

I use a digital kitchen scale and measure by the ounce. For our purposes here make a note that

Granulated Maple Sugar : 1/2 C. = 2 3/4 oz.

Maple Syrup : 1/2 C. = 5 1/2 oz.

If you are serious about getting a recipe just right, measure carefully and make notes where you alter the recipe !! you should see my cookbook folder, use pencil !!! and try the recipe again, making notes along the way to achieve your desired outcome.

Our guys after working in the woods all day LOVE the trials of my baking !!

Substituting Maple Syrup for Honey is also an equal subtitution ratio, and oh so good.

Taste and See the goodness of maple. Enjoy and have fun

 

 http://preventdisease.com/news/14/040914_Maple-Syrup-Does-Far-More-For-Your-Health-Than-Just-Sweeten-Food.shtm - See more at: http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/the-health-benefits-of-maple-syrup-why-you-should-replace-processed-sugar-with-maple-syrup/#sthash.U0WHBXdO.dpuf

Best in Class Maple Walnut Whoopie Pie

28 April, 2015

Dubie Family Maple is excited to share with you all the Best in Class winning recipe for Maple Walnut Whoopie Pies. Marianne Dubie entered, along with 56 other contestants, in the 49th Annual Vermont Maple Festival this past weekend in St. Albans, Vermont, the heart of maple country.

This winning recipe is our way of celebrating the flavors of maple with a twist on a very traditional New England recipe.

 

Cookies

  • 4 cups unbleached All-Purpose Flour (17.6 oz. if weighed on kitchen scale)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup Dubie Family Maple Granulated Maple Sugar **
  • 2/3 cup Dubie Family Maple Syrup **
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Filling

  • 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese softened
  • 8 cups confectioners' sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons meringue powder * available in craft store like JoAnn’s or on king Arthur website
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • ¼ cup Dubie Family Maple Syrup**

** Available at http://dubiefamilymaple.com/collections/all-products

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line them with parchment paper.

For the cookies:

  1. Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the shortening, brown and maple sugar and maple syrup
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl between each egg.
  4. Mix in the dry ingredients until the mixture is evenly moistened.
  5. Scrape the bowl, then gently fold in the chopped nuts.
  6. Use a # 20 scoop for large whoopie pies, or a # 40 for small whoopie pies
  7. Choose your scoop and scoop dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2" of space between each cookie. (Make sure to scoop an even number of cookies, as you will need two for each whoopie pie.)
  8. Bake the cookies for 9 to 11 minutes, until the top springs back when lightly touched, and the edges are a light golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a rack before filling.

 

For the filling:

  1. Place the cream cheese and half of the confectioners' sugar in a large mixing bowl, and beat at slow speed until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Add the remaining sugar and the vanilla, and mix until the filling is a spreadable consistency.
  3. In Separate bowl, combine meringue powder and cold water, beat to a foam.
  4. Combine Meringue and cream cheese base, whip to combine, add maple syrup to get the smooth consistency.
  5. Place a healthy tablespoon of filling on the bottom of a cookie; place another cookie, over the filling, bottoms facing together.

 

To store, place in an air tight container and store in a cool dry place. They can also be individually wrapped in plastic wrap for up to a week. This recipe can be easily halved for smaller crowds or batched, but remember you need two cookies for each whoopie pie.

Thanks to everyone for a great Open House!

09 April, 2015

Everyone at Dubie Family Maple wants to take a moment to thank everyone who came out to our 1st Annual Open House!

We had a fantastic turnout, despite the chilly weather! Here are a few pictures of the afternoon!

There was a lot of great food!

 

Sugar on Snow and Maple Cotton Candy

 

Fantastic maple products to take home!

 

We were boiling . .  .

 

. . . and teaching the next generation how to boil!

 

Hopefully everyone enjoyed a behind the scenes look and had all of their maple questions answered!

 

   

   

 

Thank you again for everyone who came out!

First Annual Open House

29 March, 2015

Dubie Family Maple will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE! Mark your calendars April 4, 2015, 12pm until 3pm. We will have tours of the Sugar House, Maple samples and food, and plenty of Pure Vermont Organic Maple Syrup for sale too! Check out the flyer for more details and we hope to see you there!

Sugaring 2015 has begun!

13 March, 2015

Dubie Family Maple is happy to announce that our 2015 Sugaring Season has officially begun!

The trees have all been tapped, the lines have been checked, the equipment and staff were all ready and rearing to go. . .  all we were waiting on was Mother Nature! She finally delivered with some warmer weather up here in the heart of Vermont maple country. And by warm, I mean just over freezing. (As you may know the reason we need the temperature to be over the freezing point is so the Sugar Maple Trees can start sending sap to its branches in order to make leaves. The trees cannot send sap up if it's frozen.) With the start of warmer weather upon us and the sap flowing, Dubie Family Maple was able to start collecting sap which is boiled down to make delicious Maple Syrup!

We had our first boil of 2015 yesterday and were able to produce 125 gallons of Vermont Pure Organic Maple Syrup with the sap made from the first "run" of the season.

At Dubie Family Maple we use a steam boiler to help us concentrate sap into Maple Syrup. A fun addition added by Co-founder and Lead Sugar Maker, Mark Dubie, this year is a steam whistle connected to our boiler. When Dubie Family Maple staff are boiling, we can pull a cord and a whistle will sound to signify we are makin' maple! Check out the video below taken by Co-Founder, Brian Dubie, as he announces the start of season!

 

A huge thank you to all of our Friends, Family and Fans! Stay tuned to our blog, website, and Facebook page for more updates and pictures as we get our 2015 Sugaring Season underway!

Super Bowl Snack!

30 January, 2015

With the big game a few days away, many people have made plans to watch the Super Bowl. (Or if you are like me, the commercials!) Nothing goes together better than Family, Friends, Football and FOOD! Dubie Family Maple has a great sweet, salty and spicy snack that is perfect for your Super Bowl get together - Maple Chipotle Peanuts! What is even better, that it takes just three simple ingredients and they are quick and simple to make.

For this Super Bowl Snack you will need:

2/3 Cup Dubie Family Maple Syrup (Any grade will do, but we recommend the Darker Cooking Syrup)

1/2 teaspoon Chipotle Powder

2 cups salted, dry roasted peanuts

Simmer the Dubie Family Maple Syrup and the chipotle powder in a sauce pan over medium to high heat until reduced by half. This should take about 5 minutes. Don't forget to stir so the maple syrup does not burn. Once reduced, stir in your peanuts until evenly coated. Spread over parchment paper and allow the peanuts to completely cool. That's it, we told you this one was simple!

Football fans will all enjoy these sweet and spicy nuts, but be warned, they are addicting! If you are not a big fan of peanuts you can replace then with any type of your favorite dry roasted nut. Thank you to Janet Mattern for sharing your recipe!

Sap Dogs

22 January, 2015

Everybody know that dogs are mans best friend, there is no exception to that here at Dubie Family Maple! We are proud to have to two dogs on "Staff" who work and play hard with our team out in the woods almost everyday! (Except when it's to chilly out!) Below we see Remy and Stella riding out to play in the woods while the guys are hard at work!

First we have Remy, Mark and Marianne's black lab. They have had Remy for almost four years now. He is a great hunting dog and loves running and playing outside! As you can see from the picture, he loves the snow! When it is not cold out, Remy likes to roll in every puddle and play fetch into the pond.

Second, we have Stella, Nate and Kristine's lab an vizsla mix. Nate and Kristine got Stella three years ago when Nate was stationed at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. Stella enjoys trying to keep up with Remy in the woods and curling up on the couch when she is done playing for the day! Here you can see Stella and Nate!

We are grateful and happy to have these wonderful, friendly pups to share our lives with! They sure make working a lot more fun! Keep checking our blog for more pics of Stella and Remy!

How to Tap a Maple

06 January, 2015

As we begin our 2015 Maple Season, we wanted to show everyone just exactly what it looks like to tap a sugar maple tree! You can tap any variety of maple tree but we mostly tap Sugar Maples which have the highest concentration of sugar in the sap.

Dubie Family Maple uses trees on natural Vermont woodlands and has over 47,000+ tappable maple trees on 700 acres of land. We are a Certified Organic Producer and this includes making sure that trees in our woods flourish naturally and healthy. 

It is important that the trees are large enough to be tapped. They must be over 9 inches in diameter to protect the health of the tree. Maple trees utilize the sap to aid in growth and leaf production in the spring. Sap is the sugar rich nutrient which is boiled down and made into syrup. Very large trees can be tapped more than once and some more mature trees can be tapped up to three times!

Each and every tree is tapped by hand using a drill to put a small hole about shoulder height and about two inches deep into the tree. After the hole has been drilled a spout is inserted into the hole and tapped with a hammer to make sure that it is securely in place. The spout is where the sap from the tree flows from and leads into our tubing and pipe lines. These lines are all on vacuum pressure and lead back to the Sugar House.

The sap will not flow until later in the spring when the weather starts to warm up consistently above freezing. As you can see from the video below, it takes a while to tap each tree by hand. We have to start early in the year to make sure we get all 47,000+ trees tapped before the sap starts flowing.

In the video below you will see Nate Dubie, the Operations Manager for Dubie Family Maple, tap a tree and explain how to do it!

Seasons Greetings

23 December, 2014

As 2014 winds down and we look forwards to the New Year, the full swing of the Holidays are upon us. We wanted to take a moment to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Holiday Season and a very Merry Christmas from all of us here at Dubie Family Maple. We hope that you take these next few days and enjoy family and friends and the love and joy that this wonderful time of year brings!

This has been a big year for Dubie Family Maple as we planned, built and finally launched our online retail site in early November. We are incredibly grateful to all of our friends, loyal customers and our family for all of the support and your belief in Dubie Family Maples products. We could not have done it without any one of you all, so truly THANK YOU!

After taking a few days off in the woods to spend with family for Christmas (don’t worry we will still be fulfilling all orders!) we will be back in the full swing of things. Our team has been busy checking lines from all of the recent snow to make sure everything is ready to go for next year’s Maple Season. Stay tuned for more updates on what is happening in the woods.

Until then, from our Family to Yours, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!