8 large Golden Delicious apples
2 cups apple juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon sugar (optional)
3 cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg, plus additional to garnish
2 cups fresh orange juice
2 cups vanilla yogurt
1 cup half-and-half
3 Tablespoons Triple Sec (or other Orange Liqueur)
Creme fraiche, to garnish
Grated tart red apple, unpeeled and tossed in Lemon juice, to garnish
Quarter, core and peel apples.
In a large saucepan, combine apples, apple juice, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon sticks, vanilla and nutmeg.
Cover and simmer over medium heat until apples are very tender (approximately 20 to 30 minutes).
Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
Remove cinnamon sticks.
Puree apple mixture in a blender until smooth.
Add orange juice, yogurt, half-and-half and Triple Sec.
Garnish with creme fraiche, grated apple and ground nutmeg.