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A Hot Somerset Toddy, To Keep Out The Halloween Chill

Halloween Sunday here in Somerset, UK, is forecast to be a dull, drizzly day, with a rather chilly night, so I thought that my contribution to ‘Beth Fish Reads’, Weekend Cooking Meme, should be something hot and warming.

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Somerset, is the traditional home of real ‘Scrumpy’ Cider, so I thought that a recipe for a local, warming ‘hot toddy’, may be just what we need.

Hot toddy is a name given to a mixed drink, usually including alcohol, that is served hot. Hot toddies (such as mulled Cider) are traditionally drunk before going to bed, or in wet and/or cold weather.

Mulled Cider is a traditional English winter drink and this version gives a special appley edge to the usual recipe.

  • 10 English apples, cores removed
  • Soft brown sugar
  • 100 ml cider

Preheat the oven to 190oC, gas mark 5.

Place apples on a baking sheet and fill the centres with sugar. Pour the cider over the apples and bake for about 40 minutes or until soft and bursting.

While the apples are cooking, prepare the punch.

  • 2 pieces of lemon rind
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 litre dry cider
  • ¼litre Calvados
  • 1½litre apple juice

Tie the lemon rind and spices together in a piece of muslin to make a spice bag. Put it in a large pan with the cider, Calvados and apple juice. Heat through. Add the cooked apples with all their juices. Serve warm in mugs or heatproof glasses.

Adults only, of course. Strictly not for the children, they will have already had their fun!!

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