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Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Musings:

It's that time of year again. The tapping of the maple trees began last month in the Northeast. Did you know it takes 40 gallons sap to make 1 gallon maple syrup. What do you like to eat with maple syrup
Here is a delicious recipe I would love to try:

Maple Cinnamon Applesauce

Naturally sweetened, rustic homemade applesauce that cooks in under twenty minutes. This chunky applesauce tastes just like apple pie filling—serve it on oatmeal or pancakes for breakfast, as a sweet snack (try adding yogurt and granola), or dessert (with creamy ice cream).

3 Gala apples (or another variety of sweet red apple)
3 Granny Smith or pippin apples
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (or more to taste)
dash of sea salt

Peel, core and chop the apples into 2-inch chunks. In a heavy, nonreactive Dutch oven or saucepan over medium heat, combine the apple chunks, maple syrup, cinnamon and lemon juice. Cover and simmer for about 12 minutes, or until the apples have softened up a bit.
Uncover the pot and continue cooking, stirring occasionally to break up the larger chunks, until the apples are soft but still have some texture (5 to 10 minutes). Remove from heat and, if necessary, add more maple syrup, cinnamon or lemon juice, to taste. Serve warm or chilled; let it cool to room temperature before storing it in the fridge.

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