I may have a slight obsession with gala apples…
Every week I find myself picking up a tote of them. It’s hard to pass those little suckers, especially when they are calling out EAT ME! Oh yea and they are also super inexpensive this time of year.
Why buy only three apples if getting a tote is about the same price? You know what I mean jelly bean.
If you are wondering what you can do with all these apples. I found the perfect solution…homemade apple cider.
Growing up, I remember my family having this tradition of going to this spot called the Cider Barrel, and picking up some of their yummy homemade cider. The cider barrel first opened in the early 1920’s. It was a must visit spot for the locals. But unfortunately, they no longer are open.
I know… your probably saying Amy what is the big deal, just pick some up from the local store. See the only issue with that, is that some of those commercial ciders are loaded with all this unnecessary sugar. Why add all this extra sugar to the cider, fresh apples are already sweet.
Through trial and error I think I found the perfect recipe. I substituted the white sugar, for agave nectar. It adds the perfect amount of sweetness, but not so much that it overtakes the sweetness of the apple. You can enjoy it cold or warm (if your feeling a little naughty add some whiskey). I am hoping you will try it and let me know how it compares to the store bought “stuff”.
I mean come on…lets embrace the fall with some delicious homemade apple cider.
- 5 Gala apples, sliced in half and core removed
- 1 Navel orange, sliced in half
- 3 Cinnamon Sticks
- 10 whole Allspice berries
- 8 cups of water
- ¼ cup of agave nectar
- Place all ingredients in a large pot.
- Place on the stove on medium high heat.
- Bring to boil.
- After about 5 minutes, lower temperature (low heat). Place lid on top.
- Simmer for about 2½ hrs.
- Remove from heat. Allow the cider to cool for about 2 hours.
- Grab a large pitcher, strain the cider (doing this removes the apples, orange, spices)
- When ready to enjoy place in a cup with ice.