City Mom’s Apple Cider – Recipe
Fall means a few different things to me. First, it’s my favourite season. I think I’ve said that before.
Second, it means that a few, very specific foods hit their prime and there’s no other time to enjoy these warming fares than fall. Think pumpkins, butternut squash and apples.
This weekend we went apple picking. How can you live in Southwestern Ontario and not go apple picking? We made a visit to The Dwarf Tree Orchard on Byron Baseline Rd. It was a beautiful fall day and what made it even more special was that the weather was supposed to be cool and rainy. Instead we got a warm, sunny afternoon to enjoy fall’s gifts.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE A LOT OF APPLES
Make apple treats of course! So as you probably know I’m still on the DETOX program but the good news is that apples are highly respected on the program. So I decided to create my own apple cider recipe. Not only did I get to make use of some fresh-Ontario produce, but I also got to ensure that nothing but natural ingredients went into my recipe.
CITY MOM’S APPLE CIDER
- 8 medium-sized apples
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- 4 tbsp all spice
- Filtered water
- Sugar – optional
- Wash the apples with a fruit and veggie spray wash to ensure all pesticides are removed. Quarter the apples and place in a large pot.
- Wrap cinnamon sticks and all spice in double-layered cheesecloth and tie.
- Fill the pot with filtered water to just cover apples.
- Place the cheesecloth package in the pot of water.
- Bring to a boil covered. Once boiling remove lid and boil for one hour.
- Turn heat to low and simmer with lid on for 2 hours.
- Remove from heat and allow cooling.
- Once cool, strain mixture using a mesh strainer or cheesecloth. You may want to restrain if you do not want any sediment.
- Squeeze remaining juices from cheesecloth package into the container.
- My suggestion is to taste the cider before adding sugar. My batch does not have sugar but I must admit it would probably taste a little better with some sweetening. Add sugar to taste much like you would with a cup of coffee.
What are your favourite fall recipes? What do you love about fall?