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Apple Cider

Apple Cider

Maria Provenzano is making a batch of her famous apple cider that includes a hint of pumpkin pie spice!
Ingredients
  • 10-12 apples; half sweet, half tart
  • 1 orange; optional
  • 1 tablespoon homemade pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks; optional
  • water
  • ⅓-1 cup brown sugar, or honey
  • cheese cloth

Directions

1) Cut the apples and orange into quarters and place in a large pot

2) prinkle in 1 heaping tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice (for a homemade recipe search "homemade pumpkin pie spice on fromscratchwithmaria.com)

3) Add in the cinnamon sticks

4) Fill the pot with water until the apples are covered by an inch or two

5) Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer

6) Allow to cook for an hour with the top on

7) After an hour, remove the top and smash the apples to release their juices using a potato
masher, or something similar

8) Add in ⅓ cup brown sugar; taste, and add a little more if needed

9) Simmer for another hour with the lid on

10) After an hour taste the cider to see if you need to add more sugar or honey, and add as
much as you like

11) Pour the cider over a strainer lined with cheese cloth into another large pot

12) Allow to drain until the apples are cool enough to touch

13) Bring the ends of the cheese cloth together and tie so that you can squeeze more of the
juice out of the apples

14) This will leave you with a luscious, and smooth cider

15) Adjust spices and sweetness as needed; if the flavor is too strong you can add more water

16) Serve warm

17) If there is some left over, let it cool, and store in the fridge for about 5 days

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