It seems a shame to not buy real maple syrup when it's so available at Costco. But then I get it home and I'm not sure what to do with it. So it's this month's Pantry Pick of the Month. I found this recipe in my Taste of Home Grand Prize Winners cookbook. It's similar to Applebee's Blond Brownies with Maple Sauce.
Blond Brownies a la mode with Maple Cream Sauce
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup chopped pecans, divided
Maple Cream Sauce
1 cup real maple syrup
2 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup evaporated milk, half and half , cream, or even whole milk
Vanilla ice cream
Heat oven to 350
Cream the butter and sugar together. Add eggs, beating after each one. Add vanilla and beat until fluffy. Turn off mixer and add flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients. Add 1 cup of the pecans and mix well. Spread the mixture in a greased 9 x 13. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until center is done. Cool.
Sauce: Put the syrup and butter in a medium saucepan. Heat. After the mixture comes to a boil, turn on the timer for 3 minutes and keep at a light boil for those 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add the milk.
To serve, cut into squares, top with vanilla ice cream and pour the sauce over. Sprinkle with the remaining pecans.