The Edible Bracket 2011

Last year's winners of the MNCAAPG Best Bracket contest are back. This March Madness season, we will be documenting foods associated with the competing schools. Consider it March Madness, Top Chef Edition.

University of West Virginia Mountaineers (Morgantown, WV): Golden Delicious Maple Syrup Apples

apples on pancakes

Golden Delicious apples are the state fruit of West Virginia because in 1891 the first Golden Delicious apple tree was discovered on L.L. Mullins’s farm in Clay County, WV.  Wikipedia has a really sweet little anecdote from L.L. Mullins’s son J.M., in which he talks about discovering an apple tree standing all alone in his dad’s field, and thinking to himself: “Now young feller, I’ll just leave you there.”  How cute is that?  Anyway, that “young feller” grew up into a big old apple tree, was later sold for $50, and is the ancestor of all golden delicious apple trees in the world.

So to represent the Mountaineers, we cooked up some Golden Delicious apples with butter, maple syrup and cinnamon and placed them on top of (Princetonian) pancakes.  The result was, as one might imagine, DELICIOUS.

apples

Golden Delicious Maple Syrup Apples

2 golden delicious apples, peeled, cored and sliced

1 tbsp. unsalted butter

1 tbsp. + 1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1. Heat butter in pan until melted.  Add apples and 1 tbsp. maple syrup and saute for about 5 minutes, or until quite soft.

2. Add remaining maple syrup and cinnamon, stir together, and remove from heat.

3. Add on top of pancakes, or just eat them plain.

stewed apples