Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Crockpot Apple Cider with Shrunken Apple Heads

I put these two recipes together for a Halloween Party and they were delicious together! I found the cider recipe here and the shrunken heads recipe here. I doubled the cider recipe and put it all in a 6 quart crockpot. It was perfect and so delicious!

Photo found here.

Crockpot Apple Cider with Shrunken Apple Heads

Crockpot Apple Cider
8 Servings
Prep: 5 min. Cook: 2 hours
2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon whole allspice
2 quarts apple cider
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 orange, sliced

Place cinnamon, cloves and allspice in a double thickness of
cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with a string to form
a bag.

Place cider and brown sugar in a 3-qt. slow cooker; stir until sugar
dissolves. Add spice bag. Place orange slices on top. Cover and cook
on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Discard spice bag.
Yield: 2 quarts.

Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 177 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 30 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.

Shrunken Apple Heads
2 cups lemon juice
2 tablespoons coarse salt
8 large Granny Smith apples
32 whole cloves
1. STEP 1
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together lemon juice and salt; set aside.
2. STEP 2
Peel apples and cut each in half through the stem; remove seeds and core. Using a sharp paring knife, carve a face, as desired, on the rounded side of each apple half. Place apples in lemon mixture for one minute; transfer to paper towels to drain.
3. STEP 3
Place apples, face-side up on prepared baking sheet and transfer to oven. Let bake until apples are dry and begin to brown around the edges, about 90 minutes. Remove apples from baking sheets and press cloves into the "eye" sockets.
4. STEP 4
Pour cider into a 6 quart crockpot; float shrunken heads on top.
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