A family Thanksgiving and Christmas Favorite
|1 qt. Apple juice or apple cider
1/3 cp. + 2 TB. agar flakes (also called kanten flakes)
1-1/2 TB. Kuzu or arrowroot (to thicken)
2 apples, diced
2 cups cranberries, rinsed ½ cp. roasted chopped walnuts
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
|Grated rind of one lemon
½ cp. raisins or currants (optional)
1 orange–grate the rind, then juice the orange 1/2 tsp. cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
½ cup maple syrup
- Pour juice into a saucepan and add cranberries, sea salt, and agar flakes. Bring to a boil; turn down heat and simmer, stirring constantly until agar flakes are dissolved. If the flakes do not dissolve, this dish will not gel.
- Add raisins or currants, orange rind and orange juice and simmer covered 10-15 minutes. Stir walnuts, cinnamon and maple syrup into the mixture.
- Dissolve one heaping teaspoon kuzu in a small amount of cool water and stir in the mixture, stirring constantly for 3-5 minutes. This helps to thicken the cranberry mixture. Alternatively you could use arrowroot but may have to add a little more sweetener if you use arrowroot.
- Place apples in a shallow serving dish and pour the cranberry mixture over the apples. Allow to cool to room temperature then refrigerate. You can refrigerate as soon as it stops streaming.
- You can pour the mixture into a Jell-O mold and refrigerate at lease a few hours before removing from the mold. Or simply serve it from the bowl.
Agar is a tasteless sea vegetable. It is a vegan gelling agent and is rich in iodine, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, and K.
Agar contains no calories, and is a vegan product. The medicinal purposes of agar are varied. It benefits the lungs, reduces inflammations and heat conditions affecting the heart and lungs; it is soothing to the digestive tract and mildly laxative; it promotes good digestion and weight loss, treats hemorrhoids; and carries toxic and radioactive waste out of the body.
It is superior to gelatin since it doesn’t easily melt and has a firmer texture.