Make Your House Smell like Christmas With This Festive Recipe
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Make Your House Smell like Christmas With This Festive Recipe

If you’ve ever looked up recipes for mulled apple cider, you know that quite often they start off with apple cider. Well, this recipe starts off with something else — water! Yes, today we’re performing the miracle of turning water into… erm… mulled cider, with a little help from a bag full of apples and spices. Make this in your slow cooker and your house will smell divine. It’s a festive drink that the kids and non-drinkers can enjoy, though if you do want it to be a little boozy, you can just add in a dash of brandy or rum at the end.

Ingredients:

Serves 10-12

— 1 orange

— 1 lemon

— 10 apples (a mixture is good — we used Jazz apples and Granny Smiths)

— 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

— 1 small piece ginger, peeled and sliced

— 1 teaspoon all spice

— 12 cloves

— 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

— 3/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions:

1. Peel the zest off the orange and lemon, being careful not to peel off the white pith (as this is very bitter). Cut all of the white pith off and discard, then cut the orange and lemon into slices (don’t worry about the seeds — they’ll be sieved out later).

2. Cut the apples into quarters.

3. Place the orange and lemon slices and peels into the slow-cooker pot along with the apples, cinnamon, ginger, all spice, cloves, vanilla extract and sugar. Pour in enough cold water to cover everything.

4. Turn the slow cooker to high, place the lid on and cook for three hours.

5. After three hours, use a potato masher to mash the fruit into the water, then place the lid back on and cook for a further 30-60 minutes.

6. Strain the liquid through a sieve into a large jug and serve immediately.

7. Alternatively you can cool, cover and refrigerate until needed. Simply reheat in a pan when ready to serve.

Peel the zest off the orange and lemon, being careful not to peel off the white pith (as this is very bitter). Cut all of the white pith off and discard, then cut the orange and lemon into slices (don’t worry about the seeds – they’ll be sieved out later). Cut the apples into quarters.

Place the orange and lemon slices and peels into the slow-cooker pot along with the apples, cinnamon, ginger, all spice, cloves, vanilla extract and sugar. Pour in enough cold water to cover everything. Turn the slow cooker to high, place the lid on and cook for three hours.

After three hours, use a potato masher to mash the fruit into the water, then place the lid back on and cook for a further 30-60 minutes.

Strain the liquid through a sieve into a large jug and serve immediately.

Alternatively you can cool, cover and refrigerate until needed. Simply reheat in a pan when ready to serve.

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