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Megans Cookin: Martha Monday: Warm Vanilla Apple Cider Recipe

Monday, October 5, 2009

Martha Monday: Warm Vanilla Apple Cider Recipe

In the Sierra Foot Hills, about an hours drive outside Sacramento, is a place known as Apple Hill. Come here on any Autumn day and you’ll find  about 50 ranchers sharing not only their  many varieties of apples, but apple pie, apple strudel, apple jelly, and apple bread.

warm vanilla cider

You’ll also find pumpkins and crafts,  music and pony rides, wineries, and pure unprocessed apple juice. That’s the kind that would make this Vanilla Cider perfect! Fresh, farm picked, unprocessed apple cider. But I haven’t made it to Apple Hill this year, YET! So I picked up a bottle from the grocery store to make this perfect seasonal treat. Warm Vanilla Cider by Martha Stewart!

warm vanilla cider

I love to make cider in the crockpot too. Perfect for days like Thanksgiving or Christmas, the crockpot keeps it warm all day and it’s ready for drinking when your family and friends are. Or how about having a nice warm drink when you get back from apple picking? The crockpot and this recipe can help!

warm vanilla cider

The Honeyed Walnuts were a great addition to this. I loved the flavor of the sweet from the honey and the salty from the course sea salt. It would also make a perfect sprinkling on top of  a salad, with lets say, apple slices?

Warm Vanilla Cider

By Martha Stewart

Printable Recipe

6 Cups fresh apple cider
2 TBSP packed brown sugar
2 whole nutmeg seeds
1 Vanilla Bean-split and scraped
6 0z Bourbon (optional)
Whipped Cream
Honeyed Walnuts
In a medium saucepan, combine ingredients. Gently simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and discard solids. Divide among 6 heatproof glasses and top with with a dollop of whipped cream and a few honey walnuts.

Honeyed Walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine 1 cup walnuts with 3 TBSP honey and a pinch of course sea salt in a bowl. Toss to coat and spread on a parchment lined baking tray. Bake tossing occasionally until toasted, about 15 minutes Let cool.

Makes 6 cup.
Time: 15 minutes.

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Blogger April said...

I liked this cider alot! Yours looks very decadent with the whipped cream and honeyed walnuts. I left both of them off of mine and can't wait to make it again so that I can add them next time!

October 5, 2009 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Apple Hill sounds like a place I would love to visit! The picture of the whipped cream dripping down is great! I just want to lick it up!

October 5, 2009 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

What a warm and comforting drink. Looks wonderful.

October 5, 2009 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger Lyndsey said...

Your cider looks beautiful. Apple Hill sounds wonderful. I do love apple cider and this one is special!

October 5, 2009 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Wow, beautiful pic! I'm in love with a warm cider too. For the first time last year, we made mulled wine, which is kinda similar. The crockpot worked wonders there too :)

October 5, 2009 at 6:05 PM  
Blogger Coleen's Recipes said...

Your photos are mouth-watering!!

October 5, 2009 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Josh lives by Apple Hill. His mom's house is on a windy road with all of those orchards. We stopped at a few and stocked up. The apples are the best! What a great fall treat!

October 5, 2009 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Your photos are gorgeous and have made your cider irresistible. I'm heading to the kitchen now. Have a great evening.

October 5, 2009 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

What a gorgeous cider recipe. I am so in the mood for this! Loved these pictures!

October 5, 2009 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Katy ~ said...

Gorgeous, delicious photo! And boy does this every sound good. Never would have thought to add whipped cream on top of cider. Wow!!

October 6, 2009 at 2:14 AM  
Blogger HoneyB said...

This looks sooooo good and soooo warming!

October 6, 2009 at 3:26 AM  
Blogger 5 Star Foodie said...

Apple cider sounds so good with vanilla and very decadent with whipped cream and walnuts on top!

October 6, 2009 at 5:36 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

i've been craving apple cider so bad!! I need to get to a local farm and grab some :)

October 6, 2009 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Coach J said...

I've also been meaning to make it out to Apple Hill... some day soon. This cider looks awesome, especially since the temps in Reno have been plummeting lately. Thanks for sharing!

October 6, 2009 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

What a fancy cider! Looks real yummy with those walnuts!

October 6, 2009 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Sassy said...

Yours looks so good especially because you can actually see the cider in your glasses! I personally loved the nuts. I was nibbling them the rest of the night.

October 6, 2009 at 8:36 AM  
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October 6, 2009 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger buffalodick said...

That looks like good stuff.. Michigan and apples go way back! Ever made hard cider, the old fashioned way? Tastes like lighter fluid- but it will get you to the Magic Kingdom pronto!

October 6, 2009 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger the ungourmet said...

Your cider does look so warm and inviting. Apple Hill sounds terrific! I love apples!

I really like the walnuts you put on top too!

October 6, 2009 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger ♥peachkins♥ said...

I am needing a cup of this right now.

October 7, 2009 at 4:42 AM  
Anonymous Nutmeg Nanny said...

This is perfect on a cold night like tonight:)

October 7, 2009 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

I don't know that I've had apple cider but I've made those walnuts (& w/pecans) and they are delish!

October 8, 2009 at 10:22 AM  

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