Saturday, August 31, 2013

Recipe: Homemade Hot Apple Cider

Shared from Bath and Body Works blog: the daily bubble




HOMEMADE HOT APPLE CIDER

The Inspiration:
Spiced Cider Home Fragrance

The Apple: The Gala apples’ shape is similar to that of the Golden and Red Delicious apples. It has a mild, sweet taste, crisp texture, and a beautiful red sheen with yellow undertones. Galas are easy to eat uncooked thanks to their thin skin and overall sweetness, making them the perfect kid-approved snack! They're also good for cooking.

The Ingredients:
8-10 Gala apples
½-1 cup of sugar
4 tablespoons of cinnamon
4 tablespoons of allspice

Directions: Quarter the apples (no need to remove peel or seeds). In a large stock pot add your apples and fill with just enough water to cover the apples. Add sugar. Add cinnamon and allspice in a doubled up cheese cloth, tie and add to pot. Boil on high for 1 hour (uncovered checking it frequently). Then, turn down heat and let simmer for 2 hours (covered). Take off the heat after the 2 hours and let cool. Remove spices and mash apples with a potato masher. Once cool and evenly mashed, pour into a strainer over a large bowl, press cider through. Place excess mashed apple into cheese cloth and squeeze out as mush cider as possible!

Reheat in microwave or stove and serve! Garnish with cinnamon sticks, whipped topping or caramel.

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