One of the best things about this time of year is the fact that it’s absolutely OK to drink as much spiced apple cider as you want and my slow cooker spiced apple cider not only tastes amazing but it’s also super easy to make.
I’ve been trying to perfect this slow cooker spiced apple cider recipe for a few years now and now I’m convinced that the recipe is as close to perfect as it’s ever going to get.
The first time I tried a spiced apple cider was at a Christmas market a couple of years ago – I’m 99% certain that it was York’s Christmas market. I remember being absolutely freezing wrapped up in about twenty layers and I was surrounded by twinkly lights and all things Christmas so from that moment on, spiced apple cider is a taste (and a smell) that I associate with Christmas and feeling happy.
It’s so weird how certain things can transform a mood and bring back memories of a period in time, isn’t it?
I’ve been trying to perfect a recipe for my own spiced apple cider for ages and this is definitely the one! It’s so warming and has the loveliest taste that I really just can’t describe – you’re just going to have to try and make it yourself.
- 4 lb. Gala or similar apples (cored and chopped)
- 100g brown sugar
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- 1 orange (chopped)
- 1900ml water
- Set your slow cooker to low.
- Add the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, allspice, whole cloves, orange, and water.
- Cook on low for 6 hours.
- Check to see if the apples are soft and completely cooked. If they are then using a potato masher, mash all of the contents in the slow cooker.
- Squeeze as much juice as possible from both the apples and the orange.
- Using the mesh sieve, strain the apple mix
- Pour into individual cups to enjoy right away.
- Store the leftovers in a lidded container (airtight) for later.
If you're wondering how to work out how many apples in a lb, I go by the general rule that 1b is approx 4 small apples, 3 medium apples or 2 large apples.
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