This is a complete copy cat recipe. It's fine, sharing is caring?
The most amazing thing about this idea is that you can completely personalize it! What I've made can be tailored to your (or a friend's) taste. Whatever nuts, dried fruit, seeds, and spices you want - throw them in the jar! It's pretty much up to you.
Plus, these jars not only serve as amazing little gifts, but they're quick and simple to make... a prized idea during the holiday season when it seems like 3,000 things are going on. They take about 15 minutes to put together... so you'll always find some time in the final few days before Christmas to make these!
Spread this merry concoction on just about anything: pancakes, english muffins, toast, cornbread. It's fantastic. ALSO - If you're a yogurt person: bamb... this spiced maple syrup is insane here.
Maple Syrup Spice Jars - What you need:
Well, this is where you come in... how many jars do you need? It depends on how many mouths you're trying to feed!
I started with 3 jars, a big old can of maple syrup (540mL... because that's how we do),
grated ginger (around 1 tablespoon per jar)
cardamom seeds, roughly chopped (around 1 tablespoon per jar)
hazelnuts, roughly chopped (1 small handful per jar)
dried dates, roughly chopped (6-8 per jar)
pumpkin seeds (1 small handful per jar)
Maple Syrup Spice Jars - What you do:
Using a bit of each ingredient (noted above), fill up each jar to the desired amount... I filled mine up to around 2/3 to 3/4ths of the way.
Top off with maple syrup.
I would allow the flavours to mingle for at least a day.
The 540 mL can of maple syrup was perfect for these three small jars.
Baking soundtrack - Tunes to inspire your inner baker:
Soooo. The funniest thing to me about my "baking soundtracks" is that 95% of the time I listen to one of three things while I'm baking...
This American Life.
The other 5% I put on repeat (x35) a really cool song that I like, and then I share it with YOU! But...
If you could have guessed from those aforementioned "tunes" (I would argue that Ira Glass' voice is basically musical...) is that I like my rap music. This song is always playing on my NPR hiphop radio station, and I'm a huge fan: