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03 October . 2018

From the Twisted Sprocket Kitchen: Slow Cooker Apple Cider

Pull your sweaters out of storage -- Florida fall weather is (almost) officially here. What better way to welcome the season than with a delicious cider! Take this recipe from our café to your kitchen to really kick off the cozy feeling of fall! Or stop by the Twisted Sprocket Café at Bexley in Land O’ Lakes later this Fall to try this delicious recipe and more!

Prep time: 30 MINUTES
Total time: 6 HOURS 30 MINUTES

Ingredients
8 medium apples cored and quartered (a medley of Granny Smith, Honey Crisp & Gala)
1 orange (peeled and cut into segments)
1 lemon (peeled and cut into segments)
2/3 cup fresh cranberries
3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1 whole star anise (optional)
Water to cover fruit
1/4 - 1/2 cup sweetener of your choice sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey, Stevia etc.

Instructions
1. Place quartered apples, orange and lemon into a 6 Quart Slow Cooker.  Add cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, star anise (if using) and pour water over top (be sure the fruit is completely covered!).
2. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
3. Mash the fruit (a potato masher works great here!) to release the juices. Cover and cook for an additional 1 hour on low.
4. Carefully strain the solids from the liquids using a fine mesh sieve. Discard the solids and store cider in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for later use.  Enjoy!

This recipe will welcome the smell and taste of fall into your home in the most wonderful of ways!