An Apple Cup of Cider

by Lotoya Vongrechin on September 7, 2012

Cinnamon sticks, warm cider, and a hot piece of apple pie… My favorite fall treats!  As the brisk cold weather starts setting in, I am getting more in the mood for autumn fruits like figs, pears and apples.  As I curled up on the couch with my Samoyed puppy Louie and my Mac I started searching for holiday goodies I can serve at my next get together.  I knew I wanted to incorporate apple cider, but with a twist.  Then I found the perfect (edible!) ingredient I was missing, apple cups!
Ingredients

4 Apples (your favorite will do!)
4 Cinnamon Sticks
1 quart Apple Cider
1 Lemon
1 tsp of cinnamon

Cooking Tools
Apple Corer
Paring Knife
Metal Serving Spoon

Instructions:

1. Wash and dry the apples. Be sure to thoroughly dry the apples to prevent slipping.
2. Remove the stem and cut off the top of the apple.  If the apple isn’t level cut a thin slice from the bottom to level.  Be careful not to cut too much otherwise the cider will leak.
2. Remove half the center core of the apple.
3. Using your paring knife trace a line around the edge of the apple to create a rim.
4. Next, imagine you are carving a pumpkin.  Using a spoon carefully scoop the remaining apple to form a nice cup shape.
4. Sprinkle lemon juice on the inside of the apple to prevent browning.
5. Fill each apple cup with cider, garnish with a cinnamon stick(s) and or ground cinnamon and serve!
Recipe notes: If you prefer warm apple cider try putting the finished apple cups in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Photos by Lotoya Vongrechin

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