By Sharon Merkel Prudhomme ~
Having a Fall Harvest Party? Nothing says Fall more than the aroma of apples and cinnamon wafting through the house! Better than Glade! This is a great recipe that all ages will love. Of course, we’ve added a good amount of wine to our warm and yummy elixir on occasion!
11 medium apples (any sweet & tart apples will work)
4 cinnamon sticks (or 1.5 Tbl ground cinnamon)
1.5 tsp ground cloves
1/5 tsp nutmeg
granulated sugar* (sweeten to taste, add & taste, you can always add but can’t take away-*sugar substitute can be used, again, to taste)
- Peel the orange and separate segments into the slow cooker. If no slow cooker or crockpot, simply use a stockpot on the stove. Quarter the apples, and place them in the slow cooker. Add cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, nutmeg, and sugar. Add enough water to cover the fruit.
- Cook on high heat for about 3 hours or start early in the day and let cook 6 hrs. The fruit will be soft enough to mash with a potato masher. Cook on low for 1 more hour.
- Strain mixture through a sieve into a pot or pitcher. *(You can use the solids for a great baked pork chop, chicken or ham dinner!) Strain cider a second time. Serve warm. Leftover cider keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days. Warm-up on the stove or in mugs in the microwave before serving. Some prefer it cold.
*Did you know cider can be frozen for several months?!