Hot Holiday Apple Punch

Submitted by DeniseC

Ingredients:

1 gallon apple juice (natural, unfiltered)
1 4 inch piece of vanilla bean
2 cinnamon sticks
2 Valencia or navel oranges(5 inch diameter or use 3) organic
2 tbsp real vanilla extract
maple syrup (if really necessary) to taste

Directions:

Slice the oranges into rounds. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise.  Pour the juice into a crock pot or stainless steel pot, add the oranges, vanilla extract and bean, and cinnamon. Bring up to a moderate boil and hold there for at least 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to a simmer, and continue to cook 30 - 45 minutes longer.  Add maple syrup if you must. May be kept warm all day-just add more juice in small amounts each time.

Serves: 16 8oz

Preparation time: 1 hour

Recipe from Veggies Unite: A Vegetarian Thanksgiving email newsletter:  Recipe from Karyl

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