Turn to Fall with a Caramel Apple Cider

The days have finally cooled down in Dallas and we can see that summer is slowly turning to fall.  We have cooler mornings and the sun is setting earlier in the evening.  We love fall.  Rhonda is pulling out the fall decor in house and planting mums in the flower beds. Fall conjures up images of cozy evenings around the patio fire, spicy smells and rich bold tastes.  We like to cook, bake, and mix with darker liquors that have a bold flavor and warming sensation at this time of year.  Since we still have daily temperatures close to 90 degrees during September in Texas, we need to transition slowly. This week we are sharing a sweet drink with you — Caramel Apple Cider.

Who doesn’t love the taste of caramel and apples in the fall?  The sweetness of caramel with fall’s harvest of fresh apples creates a pleasing combination.  This drink has a buttery warm sensation as it touches your lips and taste buds.  It is the perfect drink to sip while sitting on your patio on a beautiful fall afternoon.

To make the Caramel Apple Cider you need only a few easy ingredients: Hard Apple Cider (We used Angry Orchard.), fresh lemon juice, and Monin Caramel Apple Butter syrup.  You can purchase Monin syrups at many liquor stores.  Our local Total Wine has Monin syrups available.  You can also find flavored syrups in your grocery story next to the coffee.  If you can’t find the Monin Caramel Apple Butter syrup, use a caramel syrup instead.

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at www.theblindpig.blog for a complete recipe for Caramel Apple Cider.

We are looking forward to our line up of fall cocktails and baking that we have in store for you over the next three months!  Make sure to check back with our site often.

We would be completely remiss if we didn’t mention that our favorite hockey team the Dallas Stars are in the finals for the Stanley Cup! This is not usually in our fall line up, but when your team is in the finals, it’s always a good time of year!!!

Craig is taking Blind Piglet #3 on a college visit to the University of Arkansas this afternoon.  They are looking forward to the beautiful drive and campus.  Rhonda is off to buy mums and pumpkins.  What are your favorite fall activities?

 

 

Disclaimer:  Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking.  Drink responsibly.

 

Not Your Mama’s Apple Crisp

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Hey, good news.  It finally stopped raining in Dallas!  We have had more rain in the past two months than we sometimes receive in a whole year.  It has rained almost everyday for 8 weeks, and this weekend we get to finally see the sun.  Alleluia!

To commemorate sunshine, fun and the kind of fall weather that we wish we could have, we are continuing our Apple Festival with a great apple crisp recipe: Not Your Mama’s Apple Crisp (sorry Ruth).  Apple crisp is so great, because it is easy to make.  In fact, Rhonda has been making apple crisp since the good old days of 4-H cooking class.  It is one of those recipes that makes us feel at home.  Of course, this time we twist it up a bit with a little Blind Pig magic.

For this recipe, we use our favorite caramel sauce recipe that we introduced in our Zaya Bananas Foster. Empty the contents of a jar of caramel sauce into a 10 inch saute’ pan and place over medium heat.  Add a pinch of cinnamon, butter, orange liqueur and rum. Bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the sauce a few minutes.  Remove from heat and cool.

Next mix old fashioned oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.  Cut in slices of softened butter until crumbly.

Press half of the mixture in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.  Spread a layer of thinly sliced apples.

Drizzle the apples with caramel sauce, and then sprinkle again with a layer of oat mixture.  We continued with three layers. Drizzle 1/2 cup of Angry Orchard Apple Cider over the top.

Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Drizzle with 1/2 cup of hard cider, and bake an additional 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven.  Apple crisp tastes best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream over the top.  What doesn’t????? If you want to be extra indulgent, drizzle more caramel sauce over the ice cream.

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This dish is hands down a winning recipe on a cool fall evening!  This recipe is large and makes enough for about 12 people.  It’s the perfect dessert to bring to a friend’s house when invited over for a cozy fall evening.  Maybe you should try it tonight?

   

 

The Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Make

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The Blind Pig Apple Festival continues with one of the easiest recipes we have posted on TBP:  Angry Orchard Bread.  This bread recipe, which only requires 3 main ingredients,  will have you feeling guilty for the minimum effort and big reward to your taste buds.  Yes, we said three ingredients!!!

Rhonda had a beer bread recipe for years that was super easy.  One day when we were brainstorming ideas for the blog, we thought, “What if we substitute hard cider for beer in our recipe?”  We tried it and lo and behold a star was born.  You don’t need to take just our word for it.  Our harshest and most severe critic, Blind Piglet #2, loved this recipe, so we know we have a crowd pleaser.

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Here’s what you need.  Self-rising enriched flour, a bottle of your favorite hard cider (ours is Angry Orchard), and sugar.  We also enhanced the recipe with some chopped apples covered in cinnamon and sugar.

The most difficult part of the recipe is that your hard cider needs to be warm or room temperature.  Ours was nice and cold from sitting in the refrigerator, so we had to place it out in the sun for about an hour.  (Hopefully you won’t need to do that part.)

Place the flour and sugar in a bowl.  Add hard cider and stir.  Place in a bread pan.  Top with chopped apples covered in cinnamon and sugar.  Bake for 50-55 minutes at 350 degrees.  Out comes cinnamony, apple goodness!

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Is your weekend as soggy and wet at ours is in Dallas, Texas?  If so, it is the perfect time for making a little something, something in the oven!  Are you ready to try out Angry Orchard Bread?  What are you waiting for?

    

October Bonus Post: As American as Baseball and Apple Pie

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It’s October Bonus Post time!  This week we continue our love of the apple harvest with a delicious and easy apple mule cocktail.  We’ve had this recipe in mind to share with you for awhile, but we were waiting on the right time.  What time is better than the fall? This drink tastes like apple pie and is perfect to sip while watching a bit of baseball playoffs.

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The apple mule is sooo easy to make.  Add 1.5 ounces of Seagram’s Apple Vodka to a rocks glass or mule mug.  Fill with ice.  Top off with ginger beer and a squeeze of lime juice.  Garnish with two apple slices and a cinnamon stick.

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The cinnamon stick gives the drink enough cinnamon flavor without overpowering the light apple and ginger beer mix.  It is a delightful, light and refreshing drink to serve anytime.

A great complement to the Apple Mule is to have a snack of sliced apples on the side drizzled with Butter Rum Fondue.  It makes for perfect fall afternoon snack.

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Is your favorite team in the playoffs?  Let us know if you decide to serve apple mules to your friends at your next watching party.  We would love to hear about it.

   

Disclaimer:  Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.