If this recipe doesn’t get your whole family in a fall mood, we don’t know what will. Pop some apples and spices in the slow cooker in the morning, and by the time you get home from work, the whole house will be smelling like heaven. What’s not to love? Check out Baker Bettie‘s blog for this recipe along with lots of other great meal ideas.

apple cider

Ingredients

6 quart slow cooker (reduce the amounts for a smaller cooker)
12 medium size sweet apples
2 oranges
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp whole cloves
1 tbsp whole allspice
2 inch knob of fresh ginger (optional)
up to 1 cup of brown sugar (optional)

Method

  1. Chop apples and oranges into large chunks.
  2. Put apples, oranges, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, and sugar (if using) in the slow cooker.
  3. Fill the slow cooker with enough water to cover all of the apples. It should nearly fill it to the brim of the pot.
  4. Turn it on high and put the lid on.
  5. Allow to brew for 8 to 12 hours (12 hours is best and even longer would be fine too!).
  6. You can serve directly out of the slow cooker, skimming the cider off the top and leaving the fruit in the pot. You can also strain the cider and discard the fruit and put the cider back in the crockpot. There will be some pulp left in the cider. If you prefer a very clear cider, strain into a cheesecloth. Store leftover cider in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Makes a little over a half gallon.

Red Tricycle’s Atlanta Editor, Phebe spotted this recipe at Baker Bettie. Head on over for even more recipe goodness.