Northern Michigan Recipes: Find other recipes for maple syrup in the Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine article 3 Treats for Homemade Maple Syrup.
Bring water to boil in the pan and record the boiling point temperature as it reads on the candy thermometer (temperature will vary based on elevation).
Pour the hot water out of the pan and fill with maple syrup. Add the butter—it will keep the syrup from over-foaming as it boils. Heat syrup over high heat without stirring until syrup is 24 degrees over the boiling point of water. Place the pan in the sink of cold water and cool to room temperature. Stir until syrup changes to a creamy maple color and is the consistency of peanut butter.
Place in small containers with lids. (Keep refrigerated). Spread maple cream on bread, muffins and anything you’d put jam on.