Maple Cake

I baked this for Thanksgiving – it has a nice crunchy outside and soft inside. 

Ingredients:
1 c unsalted butter, soft
1/2 c dark brown sugar
2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c maple syrup
1 c sour cream
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla

Maple Whipped Cream:
1/2 c cold heavy whipping cream
3 TBSP maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch bundt pan.

Beat the butter and brown sugar on high speed until light and creamy, about 3-4 minutes, scraping the bowl down as needed.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In another bowl whisk together the maple syrup, sour cream, eggs and vanilla. Add the flour mixture to the stand mixer bowl in 3 additions, alternating with the maple syrup mixture and ending with the flour mixture. Mix only until just combined.
Scoop the batter into the prepared bundt pan and spread it out evenly.

Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, 35-40 minutes.

Let cool 15 minutes in the pan before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool.

Beat the whipping cream to soft peaks. Add 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup and again whip to soft peaks. Taste and add remaining tablespoon of syrup if desired.

Top cooled bundt cake with whipped cream and drizzle with additional maple syrup right before serving.

Serves 10 – 12.

Maple Roasted Pork Tenderloin

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My kids are a little bit picky, ok, really picky. This is something I came up with to get my boys to eat something other than chicken nuggets and it worked!!

Ingredients:
1/4 c maple syrup
1/4 c apple juice
2 TBSP Dijon mustard
2 TBSP olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 lb pork tenderloin

Combine ingredients in a ziplock bag and marinade meat for 4 – 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 425.

Roast pork for 18 – 22 minutes until it reaches and internal temperature of 140.

Let rest 10 minutes, then slice.

Serves 4 – 6.