Making Apple Cider!

There is nothing quite like making some Apple Cider to give you all the Autumn vibes! I made this batch within the first week of Autumn and drank a large pot-full within two days! It was delicious, warming and so moreish, with the added bonus of making my entire home smell like apple pie! 

I'm making some more tomorrow for Guy Fawkes Night, where I will hopefully enjoy watching some fireworks from under a cosy blanket whilst drinking my hot apple cider!

This particular recipe is from John Kanell  at Preppy Kitchen!

So, without any further ado, let's get started!

What you'll need:
  • A Slow Cooker (which is what Preppy Kitchen used) or A Big Pot! (Which is what I used over the stove)
  • 1 Orange
  • A Potato masher or a big spoon - I used a big spoon
  • A mesh sieve or cheese cloth - I used a mesh sieve
  • 10 Apples (Preppy Kitchen recommends Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Gala and Braeburn)). I used a mixture of Braeburn and Granny Smith. I think 7 Braeburn and 3 Granny Smiths.
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp whole cloves (I didn't have any at hand so had to use ground cloves) This time I'll use whole cloves as somehow that makes it feel more authentic (and visually pleasing too!)
  • 2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup of Brown sugar
  • 8 cups of water; basically, enough water to cover the apples

What to do!

  • Wash the apples and orange
  • Cut the apples into quarters (no need to peel)
  • Peel & cut two pieces of the orange peel, making sure you don't get any of the pith as they can be somewhat bitter
  • Cut the orange itself into segments
  • Add all the ingredients to your slow cooker or stove pot                                                                     

  • Cover with the water

  • Preppy Kitchen says to set the slow cooker to low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. I cooked mine for about 5 hours on low/medium. You know when the cider is ready when the apples are completely mushy and soft. 
  • Once you see the apples are super soft and cooked you press and break the apples with your potato masher/large spoon
  • Next you strain everything using your mesh sieve or cheesecloth and just use the liquid left and discard the rest.

I drank mine as was, and found it perfect and delicious! But, for those with a sweeter tooth, Preppy Kitchen suggests, once the cider is ready, adding more brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, or regular sugar to your drink. For the sake of everything Autumn, I'll add a dash of maple syrup to my next one!


                     Happy November! 🍁🍁🍁                   

Raha x

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