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I feel like this is such a Sunday recipe.

Maple Apple Cider | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I mean, what could be cozier than a giant pot of homemade apple cider just simmering away all day in your kitchen? Not much, and it’s the perfect thing to make on an autumn Sunday like today!

This is honestly one of my favorite recipes and it’s so easy. You really only need fresh apples and water to make cider, but I added a little cinnamon and maple for an extra flavor boost. I love the sweetness and autumn flavor the maple gives this cider and of course cinnamon is a must! Oh, and I threw in a pomegranate too. I felt like the addition of a little pomegranate juice could only make this cider even more delish! I used a crockpot to simmer down my cider, and cook it low and slow all day long. If you don’t have a crockpot, you can simmer the cider on the stove-top and then strain as directed.

If only I had some of this cider to sip on now as I sit here typing this! I’ve been working away all weekend on cookbook edits so my eyes are feeling a little weary at the moment. Too much computer screen time for sure! Today though, I have major plans to do some filming for new recipes videos for HBH. Hopefully I’ll get to spend a little time with my oldest brother Creighton too, who flew into town for my brother Red’s movie premiere in Aspen. I made Creighton his favorite gumbo for dinner on Friday night, complete with beer bread and cookie dough for dessert! It was the perfect meal for the first super cold night of year, and we all loved it.

How about you guys? What have you all been up to this weekend? Hoping you maybe picked some apples fresh off the tree and are armed and ready to make this cider?

Please say yes because you may not know it, but you really need this cider in your life this fall. It’s basically fall perfection in a cup and is delicious both warm or cold. It’s also great when used in recipes like this apple cider chicken and these salted caramel doughnuts.

YUMM!

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Maple Apple Cider.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 Cups
Calories Per Serving: 226 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 10-12 apples quartered, I use honeycrisp and granny smith
  • 1 pomegranate quartered (optional)
  • 1 orange quartered
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon sticks or 1 cinnamon
  • 2-6 tablespoons maple syrup depending on your taste

Instructions

  • Add the apple, pomegranate, orange, cinnamon sticks and 2 tablespoons maple syrup to your crockpot. Immerse the ingredients with water (about 5-6 cups). Cover with a lid and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 4-5 hours. Alternately you can combine everything in a large soup pot and cook over medium heat for 3 hours or until the apples begin to break down.
  • Carefully strain the mixture through a mesh strainer, discard the fruit and cinnamon sticks. If desired strain the cider one more time to remove any pulp. Taste and adjust the maple syrup to your liking. Serve warm or cold. Cider will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

Maple Apple Cider | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Cheers to a great Sunday! 🙂

Maple Apple Cider | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

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  1. 4 stars
    Hiii! Hope everything is well, I did this recipe yesterday at night in crockpot and cooked high for 4 hours, though today that I tasted it, there is a bitter taste in the end. Do you know why this happened? Can you give me any tips to remove the bitterness?
    Regards and thank you in advance!

    1. Hey Claudia,
      So sorry about this! Is there anything that was adjusted in the recipe? Please let me know how I can help! Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    Love this recipe!! We have made it three times now since fall started and it’s a hit every time. We added clove and all spice and found it complimented everything really well!

      1. Hi there!
        This may be a silly question, but do you leave the peel on for the oranges as well as the pomegranate? Thanks for your help (:

        1. Hey Aubrey,
          Yes, I leave the peels on, they add great flavor! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. I would love to make this. I can think of so many things to use it in. Since apples come in all sizes, especially in different parts of the country, can you please state the amount of apples in pounds/ounces? Seems to have been an issue with a couple of commenters. Thanks.

      1. Hey Lynne,
        Sorry, I do not have the measurement in pounds/ounces. If your apples are on the large side, just use 10, if they are on the small side, use 12. It really doesn’t need to be so exact. I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

    1. Hi! I would cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  3. I made this a month ago and it was lovely!! wondering if I can put fresh cranberries in this as well. thanks so much!!

    1. Hey Emily! I am sure fresh cranberries will be such a great addition! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I glad you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Just made this today! My apples seemed pretty big so I used half the amount and, after they were soft, I went ahead and pureed the apples and strained them with my nut milk bag so I could get the most out of them 😉 The cider turned out very yummy. I barely needed to add any maple syrup because it was already sweet and flavorful!

  5. Good morning.
    Sadly I cannot have citrus, so will have to leave it out. Wondering if I could use my Insta-Pot for cooking. Any suggestions?
    We both are so fond of apple cider. Can’t wait to try it. thank you so much.

    1. Hey Leslie! Yes, you can use the instant pot. I recommend cooking on high pressure for 15-20 minutes or so. The follow the directions after that for the slow cooker version. That will be great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

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