Today was a beautiful day! The sun was out, and the weather was warm. This morning, Ace and I had waffles with the first homemade maple syrup. I started boiling more sap in the morning, around nine a.m. and baked what is likely the nicest loaf of bread I’ve baked so far…
Laurie, my neighbor, and I boiled sap again today. I had two pots going on my stove-top, and Laurie had a pot in her apartment.
We also boiled outside again today. Laurie had a propane burner, that we connected that to my grill gas tank. Maybe in the future, I’ll have the foresight to dry firewood in the barn before boiling.
By the evening, we had finished the large Rubbermaid container of sap we’d stored. The last batch of syrup was a bit thin, so we boiled a bit longer today, to about 220 degrees Fahrenheit. In the end, I got three pints of syrup out of the two pots that I boiled in my kitchen. I’ll find out tomorrow how much Laurie’s two pots produced.
On another note, I tried stenciling bread for the first time today, and the resulting loaf was gorgeous! It is a yeast bread with one part whole-wheat to four parts all-purpose flower. I glazed it with an egg wash, and stenciled with flour. I’m particularly fond of the way the scoring turned out.
In the future, I’ll make the stencil a bit larger, and spray some water on the flour after stenciling to help it stick. Nonetheless, this is one fine loaf of bread.
The stencil, by the way, is a monogram of my initials in Saxon runes, “DMD”, or .
~The Homesteading Hippy