Here’s a nice video giving a little look into maple syrup production, plus a visit to Amish baker Emma Miller’s bakery for a baking demo and interview.
Host Robin Benzle comes to us from Burton, Ohio, which is in the Geauga County Amish settlement in northeastern Ohio.
Last week we had a look at the goods on display in Miller’s Bakery in Holmes County, Ohio. This video shows more of the process of creating sweet treats.
Emma is a nice interview subject with a friendly and warm personality.
The video is longish (13+ minutes), so here are some highlights you can jump to:
- (1:20) – Geauga Co. tourism director Linda Nemeth talks about maple in store-bought syrup. She says store bought syrup usually contains less than 1% maple product (I assume she means the commonplace pancake syrup)
- (2:30) – A bit on the history of maple syrup (Native Americans discovered it first; maple syrup is made only in the US and Canada)
- (3:43) – A maple candy-making demonstration
- (4:23) – Collecting maple sap
- (5:11) – Boiling sap at the sugar house (“This ain’t no barn”)
- (6:00) – Beginning of visit to Amish Home Craft Shop & Bakery and interview with Emma Miller
- (6:53) – Emma discusses how she powers her Kitchen Aid mixer (an inverter off a 12-volt battery) and starts work on the batch of maple cookies
- (9:11) – Spooning out the dough using an ice cream scoop
- (9:51) – Emma discusses her schedule running the bakery (4 AM wake-up, earlier on Fri and Sat). The previous summer, Emma says they “baked around the clock”, which sounds pretty intense
- (10:31) – Making the frosting
- (11:16) – Emma answers the question, do you ever get tired of eating sweets? (“No, I’m gonna sell it first…I eat what’s left”)
- (12:03) – Trying Emma’s “famous maple cinnamon rolls”
I don’t know about you, but I could go for one of those rolls.