Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Maple Sugar Tours at Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

The Outdoor Discovery Center at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum is dedicated to providing fun, engaging, and educational events for people of all ages. This year, the Maple Sugar Tours will be a great activity for visitors to the Cornwall, NY area or locals wishing to learn a bit more about the area and where this sweet stuff comes from.

Maple syrup is a great addition to recipes and a sweet treat to drizzle over pancakes but there is a process to get it to your kitchen! The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum will be offering Maple Sugar Tours throughout the month of March. A museum educator will guide you on a 60-minute tour through the forest, during which you will be thoroughly enlightened to the process of maple sugaring – from the past and how things are done today. Delicious maple products and hot chocolate will be available for purchase as well. How great does that sound?

2014 Tour Dates: March 1 & 2 - 8 & 9 - 15 & 16 - 22 & 23
When: 10:30am – 3pm, every half-hour
Where: Outdoor Discovery Center
              On Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall, NY
Cost: Ticket Admission: $10/adults - $7/children ages 3-11 Museum members: $7/adults - $4/children.

*For further information, visit the event website or call (845) 534-5506.    

The cozy, relaxing and elegant atmosphere is one of the reasons guests love to stay at The Caldwell House but another is the spectacular food you will enjoy! If you love maple syrup, we have a treat to share with you that comes straight from Dena's kitchen. It is a super yummy recipe that uses maple syrup. This is just one of the delicious dishes you may experience at The Caldwell House.



Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Ingredients: 
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter or butter flavored baking spray (I use spray)
  • 2 cans (12.4 oz each) Pillsbury® refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or half and half (preferably cream)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 - 1 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • Icing from cinnamon rolls         

Directions:
  • Heat oven to 375°F. Pour melted butter into ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass     baking dish or spray with butter spray.
  • Separate both cans of dough into 16 rolls; set icing aside. Cut each roll into 8 pieces; place pieces in dish. 
  • In a bowl, beat the eggs. Add cream, cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup. Mix until well blended. Pour over roll pieces. If desired, sprinkle with pecan pieces.
  • Bake 25-28 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 15 minutes. While casserole is cooling, place icing in microwave for about 30 seconds until thin enough to drizzle. 
  • Drizzle icing over top.  
  • Serve with additional maple syrup, if desired.  

Note:  This recipe is not one that should be made the night before. To prep the night before you can cut the rolls and place in a baggie. You can also mix the wet ingredients and place in a container. That way you just assemble the casserole in the morning.