Fried Maple Leaves

simmer leaves

70 Sugar Maple Leaves, small
1 c Lyle’s Golden Syrup
1 c Water
100 g Flour
1T Cornstarch
1/4 C Maple Sugar
100 ml Spaten Optimaor (beer)
100 ml Ginger Beer

canola oil 350 F

Simmer leaves in Lyle’s & water for 30 min.
Pat leaves dry.
Combine flour, cornstarch, maple sugar, beer and ginger beer to form batter.
Dip 1 side of leaf in batter and fry until golden.
Drain on paper towels and serve it forth…

forrst plate

Forrest Plate at 2014 Grains Vs Grapes

(acorn flour cavatelli, seared venison tenderloin, wild blueberry/shallot reduction, pickled wild plum, sauteed chanterelle & fiddlehead fern and fried maple leaf )


Marshmallow Shortbread Valentines


Shortbread Cookies
(makes 28)


2 C Butter, room temp
1 C Confectioners sugar
2 t Vanilla
1/2 t Salt
4 C Flour
4 oz White chocolate
1/3 C Raspberry jelly (for assembly)


Oven to 350 F

Cream butter and sugar.
Add salt & vanilla.
Scrape sides and slowly add flour.
Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Line baking sheets with parchment or silpat.
Roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness and cut into hearts.
Bake for 10 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
Melt chocolate over double boiler or in microwave to temper.
When cookies are cool spread with a thin later of chocolate.

Heart Marshmallows:


1 C Water
0.75 oz Gelatin, unflavored (3 pkts)
2 C Sugar
1/4 t Rosewater
Pink Icing Color (I used Wilton)
1/4 C Confectioners sugar


Line a shallow baking dish (9×13) with plastic wrap and spray with cooking oil.
Dissolve gelatin in 1/2 cup warm water in a large mixing bowl for 10 to 15 minutes.
Add rosewater to gelatin.
In a medium saucepan heat sugar and 1/2 cup of water to 240 F.
Gently pour sugar syrup onto gelatin while whisking.
Whisk on high for 10 minutes.
Pour marshmallow into tray (reserve 1/2 cup) and smooth top.
Working quickly before the marshmallow sets up, color the reserved marshmallow with pink coloring.
Spoon into a decorating bag fitted with a large round tip (2A) and pipe 1/2 inch circles in a grid pattern every 2 inches.
Using a skewer, pull a line down the center of each circle forming a heart.
Allow to set then cut into individual hearts with an oiled knife.
Dust the sides with powdered sugar.

To Assemble:

Warm the jelly in the microwave for 10 seconds and stir well.
Dip the bottom of each marshmallow in the jelly then place on heart cookie.