I Love Autumn!

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. I love the crisp air and colorful leaves. Pumpkins and high school football games (although we don't have them here). Scarves and sweaters. And cool nights curled up with a book, a blanket, and mug of hot apple cider-- the American, non-alcoholic kind.

apple cider in the crockpot

I have yet to find non-alcoholic apple cider here-- unless, of course, you order the powered kind off of Amazon-- so last weekend I decided to make my own. It is delicious! It lasts about a week in the refrigerator, but can also be frozen to last a month. 

American Apple Cider

10 Apples (I like a mix of types, but will use whatever I have)
1/2-2/3 cups Brown Sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
5-6 Cinnamon Sticks
1-2 Tablespoons of Whole Cloves
8-10 Cups of Water

Cut up the apples into quarters and put them in the crockpot. Don't worry about the seed and core, those will be strained out later. Add the sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and water.

Turn the crockpot on low and let cook for four hours, stirring occasionally. After four hours, mash the apples using a potato masher to get them as broken down as you can. Cook for a further four hours (or longer if you like a concentrated flavor). 

When you are happy with the flavor, strain the liquid into an air tight container and store in the refrigerator.

Heat up a mug whenever you feel like snuggling up under a quilt with a good book.

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