Friday, September 30, 2011
I grew up in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and there are apple orchards a'plenty. The bonus: fresh, crisp apples signal Autumn's arrival in the most fabulous way. Fall means apples and apple cider. Bingham's Orchard makes the most amazing cider....I think I just drooled a little bit.
And that's one of the things I miss most, living first in California and now in Hawaii. You just don't come across fresh apple cider. And the cider you DO see is filled with preservatives and just doesn't taste the same. Not to mention the $7/gal price tag. HECK no.
So, one of my girlfriends sent me the recipe for homemade apple cider last week because she is from New York and understands the correlation between fall and cider. Well, I made it...and it was WONDERFUL! And while I was admittedly worried that she had created too much hype for it, setting the poor cider up for failure when it was unable to be THAT amazing, I am happy to say I was wrong!
It was great! The only changes I'll make next time will be to reduce the amount of cinnamon sticks to 3, slightly less of the allspice and nutmeg, and a smidge more water. It ended up being a little too "spiced" and we ended up watering it down to fully enjoy it. BUT those are easy changed and the bones of the recipe are great.
I've already got the apples in the fridge that I'll use for the next batch...I'm thinking tomorrow will be a good day to scent the house and enjoy fall again. Enjoy! xoxo
8 to 10 apple, quartered
4 cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup sugar
Place all ingredients in a pot and fill with just enough water to cover apples by two inches. Apples can still have peels and seeds. Boil for one hour uncovered, simmer for two covered. Allow to cool slightly, mash with a potato masher, and strain. I also squeezed the mixture through a cheesecloth as well.