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    Prickly Pear Syrup

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    20 mins

    5 mins

    15 mins

    Chilicat's Note:

    I got this from The Prickly Pear Cookbook by Carolyn Niethammer. I can't wait to try it with this year's crop of prickly pears!

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    Serves: 6



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    1. 1
      Put prickly pears in a bowl or dishpan full of water. Holding each one with tongs, scrub with a vegetable brush to remove dust and some of the stickers (the rest will come out later when you strain the juice).
    2. 2
      Transfer 5 at a time to a blender jar and process until liquid. Line a mesh strainer with cheesecloth and strain juice into a medium saucepan. You should have about 1 cup.
    3. 3
      Add lemon juice and sugar, and slowly bring to a simmer. Cook until syrup begins to thicken. If you want a thicker syrup, stir in 1 teaspoon of cornstarch dissolved in a little cold water and cook to thicken.
    4. 4
      Stir with wire whisk if necessary to smooth consistency.
    5. 5
      For diabetics: Use an amount of your favorite non-nutritive sweetener equivalent to 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Since sugar causes thickening, you'll have to compensate by using a little more cornstarch, or use another thickener such as guar gum or xanthan gum.

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    Nutritional Facts for Prickly Pear Syrup

    Serving Size: 1 (60 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 197.1
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 0.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 51.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
    Sugars 49.9 g
    Protein 0.2 g

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