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Warmly Scented Apple-Jam Danish with Maple Cream

What is the effect of coffee on children? After all, who didn't have "milked-down" coffee when they were children? I know I did, but to clear the air a bit with regards to coffee, here are a couple of facts.

The consumption of coffee(with caffeine being the indirect consumption) does interfere with children's sleeping habits. Insomnia and decreased appetite are the two major concerns because of the stimulation coffee provides. This stimulation creates hyperactivity, restlessness and the inability to concentrate. Coffee also acts as a diuretic, which(in turn) increases urine production. This causes the loss of calcium which leads to bone loss. Six mg of calcium is lost per 100 mg of caffeine and this calcium is essential for children's bone growth.

But, as with many other food items, certainly keep abreast of what your child eats and drinks. For the parents should be the alert ones. The reason I bring the effects of coffee up in this recipe? Because I use Yankee Apple Jam, which contains a substantial amount of (very VERY strong(or double-strength) coffee.

Ingredients

For 4 people

Jam

  • 4 very tart apples, peeled, cored and cut into large chunks
  • 2 cup(s) very VERY strong coffee
  • 3 tablespoon(s) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup(s) raisins
  • 1 teaspoon(s) lemon juice

Recipe

  • 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed
  • 2 cup(s) Yankee Apple Jam
  • 1 tablespoon(s) lemon juice, optional
  • 3/4 cup(s) imitation maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoon(s) plain yogurt

Warmly Scented Apple-Jam Danish with Maple Cream Directions

  1. Make Apple Jam: Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and cook over medium-high for 13-15 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat and mash well or puree in a food processor or blender just until mashed, but not smooth. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate until needed. Makes about 2 cups.
  2. Make Maple Cream: In a small saucepan, add the maple syrup over medium heat until just starting to bubble. Remove from heat and whisk in yogurt. Remove to bowl to cool while making remainder of recipe.
  3. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Cover the bottom of a baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper. Lightly flour a work surface and lay out a layer of puff pastry onto the flour, coating both sides. Gently roll out each sheet to remove the creases and enlarge just slightly. Equally cut each sheet into 3 squares.
  4. Place equal amounts of Yankee Apple Jam mixture in the center of each pastry square, spreading slightly to conform to the shape of the pastry square if needed. Bring all sides to the center of the square, overlapping a little.
  5. Place on prepared baking sheet, seem side down and flatten to move the apple jam evenly throughout the danish.
  6. With a sharp knife, make 3-5 slits on top of each danish. Bake for about 22-25 minutes, or until lightly browned on top. The slits will open as the danish cooks. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before topping each with Maple Cream.
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