FIVE minutes. That is all you need to have HOT apple cider sitting on your kitchen counter!! Here is how you do it:
I love icing… but not the weather kind! The weather service predicts more ice here today, so we will be inside with a long weekend. Now I get to do some experiments that have been on my to-do list for a while. One is apple cider.
I know … Fall is over. Hot apple cider is just what we need still in the cold winter months and I love the stuff. But I don’t like the high sugar and calories! Most apple cider recipes remove the skin of the apple which we know has most of the fiber and vitamins. Most apple cider recipes take 2-3 hours of cooking time. Not this one.
Now, you can strain the apple bits in a strainer if you do not like the texture. Try it out and see – I didn’t mind it at all and thought it tasted great. But you may be expecting a more liquidy cider and so you may want to pour this through a fine mesh strainer first.
Feel free to store in the refrigerator. I keep mine in a jar and then I can heat it up in the microwave if I want to (without the lid of course).
- 2 Gala apples, cut into 1" pieces
- 1 cup water
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 Tb. honey
- Add all ingredients to the high powered blender. Make sure the lid is on tight and secure.
- Start the blender on 1 (low) and slowly increase to 2 or 3. Everything should like applesauce in less than one minute.
- Increase speed to 9 or 10. Blend for about 3-5 minutes depending on how hot you want the apple cider. For my kids, I turned it off after about 3 or 4 minutes and the apple cider was warm and not hot.
- Drink and enjoy!
Store in the refrigerator.