Saturday, December 11, 2010

Where are you Bear? by Frieda Wishinsky

Where are you Bear? A Canadian Alphabet Adventure is Frieda Wishinsky's latest book about a Sophie, a traveling bear.  It just so happens that Sophie is very fond of applesauce... and so is Frieda. Applesauce is yummy either hot or cold.  It's easy to make and take along and it can be served for a snack or as a delicious after meal treat.  Fortunately apples are grown in lots of places, and if you don't have time to make applesauce, you can munch on an apple while reading Where are you Bear?

Sophie's Applesauce (Bear's Favourite)

5 large apples
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon maple syrup

Peel, core and cut apples in slices or chunks (you can use a combination of local apples like Empire, Cortland or Macintosh)
Put water into a saucepan with brown sugar.
Bring to a boil.
Place apples in the saucepan.
Simmer for 20 minutes uncovered until tender.
Mash apples with a fork or potato masher to desired consistency.
Add vanilla, and maple syrup to taste.
Serve it warm or cold. 
***For an extra treat, add vanilla ice cream***

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