Monday, October 13, 2008

Meal Planner Monday: Fall Favorites - Hot Spiced Apple Cider

This is not a recipe for "meal" but rather for a seasonal delight during the fall season - a festive drink for a fall get-together/social, a treat for the kids, to serve as a refreshment at a bible study group, etc. I just love the smell of a home when there is hot apple cider brewing on the stove... Hot Mulled Cider
1 qt apple cider
2 Tbsp orange breakfast drink
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4-1/3 cup brown sugar
3 whole cloves
3 tsp allspice
2 sticks cinnamon
Hot Maple Apple Cider
6 cups apple cider
¼ cup maple syrup
1 orange peel cut into strips
1 lemon peel cut into strips
2 cinnamon sticks
spice bag & string
6 whole cloves
6 whole allspice berries Pour cider and syrup into large pot. Place spices and peels in center of a spice bag and tie up with a piece of string. Drop spice bundle into liquid and heat over moderate flame for about 10 minutes. Remove spice bag and discard. Serve the hot spiced cider in mugs. For a nice touch, add a whole cinnamon stick to each mug for stirring, float thin slice of lemon or orange on top.
Caramel Apple Cider (this one is really a special treat)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 cups apple cider
1/2 cup water
Bring the cream and brown sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the cider and the water and raise the heat to medium high, heating just until the cider begins to steam, about 4 minutes. Divide among 4 mugs, top with 2 Tbsp of caramel whipped cream (recipe follows).
Caramel Whipped Cream:
In small chilled bowl, whip 1/2 cup heavy cream with 1 Tbsp brown sugar until soft peaks form.

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