A few weeks ago, after seeing the recipe on a fellow volleyball wife's blog, I decided I needed to try this super simple recipe. It tastes like autumn in a glass and makes for a wonderful post-dinner treat. I pretty much followed the recipe in the video with a few small changes, noted below.
Although I'm bummed we weren't able to hand-pick and "cider" our own apples, it was still a great way to spend a cold evening in the kitchen. And our apartment smelled absolutely divine.
12 apples - red delicious and granny smith, peeled
1 large orange, peeled but keep the rind
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 whole nutmeg seed
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon whole gloves
1. Wash, cut, and peel your apples and orange and place in large stockpot. Sprinkle in the brown sugar. 2. Roughly chop the whole nutmeg seed, then place your spices (nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, and cloves) and the orange rind in a cheesecloth and close tightly with bakers twine. Drop it in the stockpot.
3. Cover fruit, sugar, and spices with water.
4. Bring to a boil, covered, for about an hour.
5. Remove lid and mash all the softened fruit with a potato masher, then simmer for another 2 hours.
**Let cool completely before proceeding**
6. Place a strainer over a large bowl and ladle in the apple mixture, allowing cider to seep through. Repeat until apple mixture is gone.
What I changed:
- Less is more: I'm not a huge fan of added-sugar but the rich taste of the dark brown sugar definitely gives this cider the right amount of sweetness. The original recipe called for 1 cup but 1/2 did the trick!
- I peeled the orange and put the orange skin in the cheesecloth with the spices. Once all the juice had strained out, I kept the softened spiced apples to snack on as homemade apple(cider)sauce.