In a saucepan, combine the syrup and water. Bring to a boil and simmer 3 minutes. Add the apples and cover. Simmer until the apples are tender but not mushy, 3 to 8 minutes. With slotted spoon, lift the apples onto individual dessert dishes or plates. Boil syrup until reduced to 3/4 cup. Pour syrup into a measuring cup. melt butter in the saucepan. Blend in the flour, cream and the syrup. Boil, uncovered, until reduced to 1 cup, about 3 minutes. Serve warm, or at room temperature.
* NOTE- Because the apples are pared before cooking, they will cook very quickly. Certain varieties might even get mushy all of a sudden. Watch them VERY carefully while cooking; it just takes minutes. This dessert is delicious and beautiful when you serve one whole apple on a plate surrounded with the maple-and-cream sauce.
Recipe From:Great Old-Fashioned American Desserts, by Beatrice Ojakangas
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