It’s apple season at Bay Area farmers’ markets! Celebrate the bounty with these fresh recipes from Farmsteads of the California Coast.
Mulled Apple Cider
Editor’s note: If you’re wondering how to make your house smell like Fall, this spicy cider will do the trick better than ten Yankee Candles. Perfect for a back-to-school study session or Halloween costume brainstorm.
1 quart fresh-pressed apple cider
(editor’s note: you can get this from your local farmers’ market, our friends at The Apple Farm in Philo, or even at Trader Joe’s)
2 cinnamon sticks
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
5 whole cloves
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ cup orange juice
rind of ½ orange (in pieces)
Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes. Pour the liquid through a mesh strainer into a second pot and serve by ladling into heat-safe mugs.
Editor’s note: Use this sweet and zesty chutney to glaze meats or veggies, or add an unexpected note to grilled cheese on a cozy afternoon in.
6 tart green apples, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
1.2 medium-sized red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 cup orange juice
¾ cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
Combine all ingredients in a large skillet and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 55 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat and allow to cool before serving.