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Poached apples in mulled cider

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Poached apples in mulled cider

Pudding & Cake Serves 4 35 min
Poaching apples in cider is delicious, and really intensifies the flavour in both the apples and the poaching liquor. The great thing about this recipe is that you’ll be left with mulled cider, which you can enjoy as a cook’s treat. Served with crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream.

Cook's notes

The amount of sugar you use will depend on the dryness of the cider and also your personal taste.


  • 500ml apple juice
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 2 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • rind of 1 orange
  • 75g light brown sugar
  • 1 litre dry cider
  • 50ml calvados (optional)
  • 6 apples
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Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 25 min
  • Step 1

    Pour the apple juice into a big saucepan with the aromatics and the sugar. Gently heat until the sugar has fully dissolved. Add the cider and calvados and bring to a low simmer; this is the perfect time to scoop out a few glasses to enjoy as a drink.
  • Step 2

    Peel and core the apples, then poach in the mulled cider for around 12-15 minutes. Serve with a splash of the mulling liquor and a big serving of ice cream or crème fraîche.

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