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Maple Bourbon Apple Butter – Review

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

We went apple picking late in the season this year, so the selection was waning when we arrived at Puddicombe Farms.  The most plentiful trees were the Mutsu trees, and since these apples are ideal for baking we happily filled up our bags.  Mutsu apples were first grown in Japan and are named after the northern Mutsu Province.  They’re a cross between a Golden Delicious and an Indo apple, and are a nice balance of sweet and sour flavours.

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

The weather was so warm it still felt like summer and we peeled off our layers of fall clothing as we walked up and down the rows of trees. 

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

I’ve always wanted to make my own apple butter.  I first discovered this buttery jam years ago while on a detox and was impressed with how rich the apples tasted without the use of sugar.  Flavour and consistency varied a lot between brands and I eventually I became addicted to the dark, sweet Wellesley apple butter, made with Ontario apples.

Food In Jars Apple Butter

Food In Jars Apple Butter

For my first attempt at apple butter I tried Food In Jars Maple Bourbon Apple Butter recipe.  I like her recipes in general because she uses syrups or juice instead of sugar.  After cooking the apples for about an hour, they’re pureed and baked in an oven for 2-3 hours which brings out the sweetness and should give the sauce a darker, richer look.  I think we probably should have baked our sauce a bit longer, as the consistency tasted closer to baby food than jam, and feel as though the colour was too light as well.  I would also add double the amount of maple syrup, bourbon and orange zest because I couldn’t taste these flavours at all, which was a shame because they sound like a delicious combination!  Overall, the apple butter still turned out nicely and I’m planning to give some jars away as gifts come Christmas, but I’m still on a quest to make that rich apple butter that I first fell in love with.

 

Detox 2010 Results + Apple Cinnamon Soy Yogurt

After a successful 3 week run, I came to the conclusion that I probably have a mild intolerance to gluten, which isn’t surprising since I’m half Asian.  After all these years, suffering from IBS – this could be the reason!  We had a celebratory beer at the end of the detox + some nachos, and I totally felt something not-so-great going on later that night.

I had great energy levels on the detox and actually found it quite easy this time around, I didn’t even feel like I was on a detox!  Generally I thought I ate pretty healthy, but there is always room for improvement.  So the general rules for my New Life Order are:

-no gluten, no red meat, no sugar, low dairy, no corn, fresh and local produce

In general I don’t eat a lot of sugar or red meat, and it was so easy to replace processed sugar with Stevia, I don’t know why I didn’t continue that habit from previous detoxes.

I also don’t want to label myself vegan or vegetarian, but I will mainly be focusing on this kind of lifestyle when I’m at home.  There is just too much crappy stuff going through my body and I think by a certain age you need to take responsibility – adjust as your body changes and make choices as to what you support and be aware of where your food comes from.

I figure that if I get my body’s system running well, then when there is the occasional birthday at the Keg or fondue night or when I’m traveling – my body will be able to handle certain foods better and I’ll also really be able to appreciate say a good quality steak or fresh bread.  But for everyday life?  Not necessary.

My naturopath also put me on a meal plan – nothing crazy, but it’s useful for portion sizing and to keep a daily balanced diet.  She based the plan on a 1400 daily calorie count which is according to my fat/muscle percentage.

The basic idea of the meal plan is every day I need to have:

3 servings of protein

3 servings of fruit

unlimited category 1 veggies (greens, tomatoes, cucumbers etc.)

1 serving category 2 veggies (carrots, beets, squash, sweet potato)

1 serving of grain (no gluten)

1 serving of nuts/seeds

1 serving of dairy (soy)

2 servings legumes

After one week of using this plan, I have to say that it’s going well!  The plan is not hard to follow, the only thing I’ve found a bit challenging is trying to eat that second serving of legumes & category 2 vegetables.  I will have to find some more interesting snacks because I can’t just eat carrots and hummus every day!

I did create a tasty dairy treat – a nice light snack before bed.  This can also cover my required nuts/seeds intake for the day if needed, and a little bit of fruit too.

Apple Cinnamon Soy Yogurt

1/2 cup organic soy yogurt

1 tablespoon apple butter

1 teaspoon of flax seeds or ground almonds or 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds- optional

1 tablespoon of raisins – optional

sprinkle of cinnamon

a couple of drops of Stevia if you want it sweeter

Mix everything together and enjoy!!!