The Boston Phoenix
June 10 - 17, 1999

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Caramel sucker

Appleton Bakery Café's caramel-apple muffins

by Valerie J. Cimino

Some people will do anything for good burnt sugar -- witness the recent full-page New York TImes article on how to make your own homemade dulce de leche. The Appleton Bakery Café makes a muffin that's so good you won't think twice about eating caramel for breakfast. The muffin is moist, cinnamon-y, not too sweet, and loaded with chunks of fresh apple, but the pièce de résistance is the caramel topping -- thick, gooey, buttery, and luscious. Scientists now think that apples, when eaten with fat, actually prevent your body from absorbing it. At last, guilt-free indulgence!

The Appleton Bakery Café, located at 123 Appleton Street, in the South End, is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call (617) 859-8222.

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