One of my favorite things to do in the fall is drive to the Louisburg Cider Mill and get some fresh cider and doughnuts. Last week the grocery store had honeycrisp apples on sale. I picked some up to make homemade apple cider. Most recipes for apple cider actually start out using apple cider itself. I wanted to try to make mine from scratch. It’s a great way to help control the sugar content.
The ingredients cook together until the fruit is soft and the spices are infused. To make the process easier, the cider is made in a slow cooker. While the cider was cooking, I didn’t have to worry about being home standing over the stove top. Your house will smell amazing!
Don’t throw away the apples when the cider is done, make some apple butter. Peeling and coring the apple slices will take about 15 minutes – that little extra time and effort is definitely worth it. The apple butter is delicious plain, but you can use it on toast and pancakes, stir it into ice cream, or even use it as cinnamon roll filling!
To make apple butter with your leftover apple pieces, remove any pieces of orange, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon from your apples. Puree the apples in a food processor until smooth. Add 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, and 1 cup water (or cider). Cook in a covered saucepan over medium heat for 30-40 minutes until the mixture has thickened.
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