Spiced Apple Cider

spiced apple cider

I’m pretty obsessed with things traditionally christmassy: carols, food, sweaters, decorations – you name it. As lovely and as cosy as all all that stuff is, it doesn’t really make sense in New Zealand, where it’s summer right now.

While looking around the internet one day, I found a recipe for some spiced apple cider (American soft cider – non alcoholic), which can be served either hot or cold; so is perfect for you guys living in a warmer climate who want to a Christmas drink, but don’t want to boil because it’s so damn hot. !

spiced apple cider
Spiced Apple Cider
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This spiced apple cider can be served hot or cold, so it's great for those living in a warmer climate who want something traditionally Christmassy
Servings Prep Time
4 cups 10 - 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 - 4 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 cups 10 - 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 - 4 hours
spiced apple cider
Spiced Apple Cider
Print Recipe
This spiced apple cider can be served hot or cold, so it's great for those living in a warmer climate who want something traditionally Christmassy
Servings Prep Time
4 cups 10 - 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 - 4 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 cups 10 - 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 - 4 hours
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Core the apples and place in a large pot, add the sugar and spices (you could use a stick of cinnamon if you wanted, he original recipe used a stick, but I can't find them anywhere at the moment).
  2. Cover the apples with cold water and bring to the boil. Boil for around 30 minutes to an hour on medium-high.
  3. Reduce the heat and leave to simmer for about two hours.
  4. strain apples through a sieve and discard the solids.
  5. Strain a second time through a sieve lined with cheesecloth - this gets rid of any pulp left behind, I was surprised at how much there was!
  6. Allow cool, and enjoy!
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Spiced Shortbread

spiced shortbread

Last night, I decided to make some cookies. I had seen a recipe for spiced shortbread and thought it sounded delicious, so wanted to see if I could make a gluten free version.

These turned out wonderfully well, and I thought it would be nice to share the recipe with you guys as they make great Christmassy treats – either for yourself, or for someone else if you’re feeling generous.

To make them gluten free we substituted the plain flour with EDMOINDS gluten free plain flour, although you could try using any plain gf flour you have on hand)

spiced shortbread
Spiced Shortbread
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Spiced Shortbread. These cookies are a great Christmas treat (either for yourself, or someone you know).
Servings
20 small cookies
Servings
20 small cookies
spiced shortbread
Spiced Shortbread
Print Recipe
Spiced Shortbread. These cookies are a great Christmas treat (either for yourself, or someone you know).
Servings
20 small cookies
Servings
20 small cookies
Ingredients
Servings: small cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. In a bowl cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. We used our stand mixer, but you can beat the butter and sugar by hand (it'll take about five minutes).
    spiced shortbread
  3. In a separate bowl, sift flour and spices before folding in the creamed butter until a soft dough starts to form (fold with your hands, and be careful not to overwork the dough).
  4. Sprinkle a dry, clean surface with sugar and gently roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it is about 1cm thick. Sprinkle the dough with extra sugar to avoid it sticking to the rolling pin if needed.
    spiced shortbread
  5. Cut with cookie cutters and the place the shortbread onto an oven tray lined with baking paper
    spiced shortbread
  6. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
    spiced shortbread
Recipe Notes

If you decide to make these, let me know in the comments how these turned out for you.

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Ginger-Beet Juice

ginger-beet juice

A couple of weeks ago we bought a juicer (finally, you have no idea now how long I had wanted one). Since getting our juicer, I have been juicing anything and everything I can get my hands on (I feel like an episode of can you ice cream it, but with juice, obviously), because that’s what you do when you get a new toy, right? Right!   Continue reading →

I’m eating chocolate chip cookie dough, heading down the crossroads

I’m posting a recipe this week instead of making a Music Monday post, because as I’ve said previously, I haven’t been listening to much music lately (which is weird for me, because I’m that girl who used to spend all her time in her room listening to the radio).

The recipe I’m sharing is one for a ‘chocolate chip cookie dough’ smoothie that I found via NZ Girl. This smoothie is gluten free and can be made vegan, dairy free (honey as a sweetener) or with dairy (I’m lactose intolerant so made mine vegan, as I’m trying to cut down on the amount of dairy I consume).  Continue reading →

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