Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Dietary guidance: n d
1/2 cup maple syrup , preferably grade B
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 boneless pork loin roast , preferably blade-end, (about 2 1/2 pounds), tied at even intervals along length with 5 pieces butcher's twine
3/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Stir maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves, and cayenne together in measuring cup or small bowl; set aside.
3. Pat roast dry with paper towels, then sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper.
4. Heat oil in heavy-bottomed ovenproof 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just beginning to smoke, about 3 minutes. Place roast fat-side down in skillet and cook until well browned, about 3 minutes. Using tongs, rotate roast one-quarter turn and cook until well browned, about 2 1/2 minutes; repeat until roast is well browned on all sides.
5. Transfer roast to large plate. Reduce heat to medium and pour off fat from skillet; add maple syrup mixture and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds (syrup will bubble immediately).
6. Off heat, return roast to skillet; using tongs, roll to coat roast with glaze on all sides. Place skillet in oven and roast until center of roast registers about 135 degrees on instant-read thermometer, 35 to 45 minutes, using tongs to roll and spin roast to coat with glaze twice during roasting time.
7. Transfer roast to carving board; set skillet aside to cool slightly to thicken glaze, about 5 minutes.
8. Pour glaze over roast and let rest 15 minutes longer (center of loin should register about 150 degrees on instant-read thermometer). Snip twine off roast, cut into 1/4-inch slices, and serve immediately.