Boil up some cider to make Apple Cider Syrup! This simple recipe requires just one ingredient for a fall-inspired breakfast treat. We’ll go through a step by step guide for making apple syrup from cider, it’s very simple. Pour it over pancakes, add it to oatmeal, swirl into a latte…the possibilities are endless!Â
An Apple Cider Syrup Recipe you can make right at home
Apple cider is perhaps one of the most clear expressions of an autumn beverage. Whether warmed with spices or chilled with fresh fruit in sangria, it’s a classic fall ingredient with SO many uses. Today’s recipe is a more unique spin, but I promise just as delicious. With just 1 ingredient and 5 hours inactive cooking time, you can have an ideal edible gift idea this holiday season (not that theres anything wrong with granola). That’s right, we’re making apple cider syrup!
How to Make Boiled Apple Cider Syrup
First, you’ll pour your cider into an extra large pot and bring it to a boil.
Then, you’ll let the cider simmer for 3-6 hours (this can vary based on the pot you’re using).
Once your syrup reaches a depth of about one fourth of an inch, it’s done! You’ll let it cool, decant into jars, and refrigerate for one to two weeks.
As I alluded to, boiled apple cider is really quite simple to make. This is only a “project” in the sense that it requires quite a bit of time for the water to cook away from the cider, leaving behind pure apple sugars. I like to reserve this for a time when I know I’ll be at home for a while. It actually is a perfect task for a not-so-busy work from home day. As a bonus, your entire kitchen will smell like a fall candle.
I appreciate this recipe’s versatility. Feel free to use apple cider syrup in any recipe that calls for maple syrup as a sweetener; it will help impart autumnal flavors. For these photos I used it for breakfast, but I could see if being just as delicious in a hot beverage or even mixed into salad dressing.
Boil up some cider to make Apple Cider Syrup! This simple recipe requires just one ingredient for a fall-inspired breakfast treat. We’ll go through a step by step guide for making apple syrup from cider, it’s very simple. Pour it over pancakes, add it to oatmeal, swirl into a latte…the possibilities are endless!
1 gallon apple cider (ideally high-quality with no additives)
Grab a large stock pot and carefully pour in entire gallon of apple cider. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, lower heat to a medium simmer and let cook down, stirring sides occasionally (every 30 minutes or so). The water will begin to cook off. This process will take anywhere from 3-6 hours, depending on your pot and stovetop. I let mine cook down to a depth of 1 fourth of an inch in the pan. It will begin to look thick and molasses-like. Be sure to not let it cook further that 1 eighth of an inch, as that runs the risk of scorching the cider and causing a very bitter final product. A good way to measure the progress you’ve made is to stick a wooden skewer or chopstick straight up in the cider, to see what line appears on the wood. Remove from the heat.
Once cider has cooled, carefully ladle from the pot into a heatproof container.
An important note: the cider will firm up quite a bit as it cools (similar to warm v. cold maple syrup). Be mindful of this as you decide when to remove the cider from the heat. If you accidentally cook it too far and end up with cooled apple caramel, that’s OK! Simply reheat in a microwave-safe container before using.
Cider should keep, refrigerated, for 1-2 weeks in a sealed container.
Serving Size:2 TBS
Keywords: apple cider, cider, apple, fall, syrup, pancakes, waffles
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