Lamb's wool
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Lamb's wool
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Last updated 6/12/2012 12:55:41 AM. Recipe ID 17638. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Lamb's wool
 Categories: Beverages, English, Holiday
      Yield: 8 Servings
      6    Apples, baking; cored
      2 tb Sugar, brown; up to 1/2 cup
      2 qt Cider, sweet; or hard cider
           -or a mixture of cider & ale
    1/8 ts Nutmeg
    1/4 ts Cinnamon
    1/4 ts Ginger; ground
  "The Feast of Epiphany, also called the Feast of Kings, Twelfth
  Night, or the last day of Christmas originated in Egypt during the
  course of the third century. Thus it was a more day than Christmas
  Day itself. Like Christmas, it was apparently established to compete
  with a pagan festival , in honor of the Egyptian sun god, celebrated
  at the winter solstice... In England, Twelfth Night was traditionally
  celebrated with a delicious drink called Lamb's Wool, made of cider
  or ale, with roasted apples and sugar and spices. It was the custom
  to bless apple trees by pouring a libation of cider on them."
  "This Old English and Irish punch which dates from the Middle Ages,
  probably gets its name from the whiteness of the roasted apples as
  they float in the cider."
  Roast the apples in a baking pan at 450F for about an hour, or until
  they are very soft and begin to burst. (An alternative - and quicker-
  procedure is to peel and boil the apples until they are very soft and
  flaky.) You may leave the apples whole, or break them up.
  In a large saucepan, dissolve the sugar a few tablespoons at a time
  in the cider or ale , tasting for sweetness. Add the spices. Bring to
  a boil and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Pour the liquid over the
  apples in a large punch bowl, or serve in a large heat resistant mugs.
  MAKES: 8 1 cup servings Note: Nuts make a nice accompaniment to
  Lamb's Wool (they were originally roasted in with the apples.)

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Recipe ID 17638 (Apr 03, 2005)

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