We had our first snow this week, two inches to give us a nice dusting and for some timely winter atmosphere for Home Made Winter with The Novel Bakers!
While snow is frightful lately in the Northeast and Midwest (and more recently in Atlanta), it’s something I look forward to since it’s a rare occurrence is usually here today, gone tomorrow.
A Spicy Cider Warm-Up Drink from Home Made Winter
was just what was called for with temperatures in the ‘teens.
I made Mulling Spices, to have on hand for cider
or mulled wine and to combat winter’s chill.
Two tablespoons of mulling spice are all you need for a quart of apple cider. Simmer for 20 – 30 minutes, pour into mugs, if desired add rum to each mug to warm you up further!
Mulling Spice Ingredients:
4 whole nutmeg
8 cinnamon sticks (4 inch size or twice as many 2 inch)
1/2 of 1.25 oz bottle of whole cardamom seed
dried orange peel from 2 oranges (preferably organic)
1 jar .75 oz whole allspice
1 jar .75 oz whole cloves
.5 oz star anise
Place nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and cardamom in a heavy duty ziptop bag and give them several good whacks with a mallet or rolling pin. Depending on the thickness of your bag, you may want to cover it with a kitchen towel to prevent the cinnamon sticks for piercing your bag and spices flying across the kitchen :)
Add the remaining ingredients to the your crushed spices and store mixture in an airtight container or jar.
I found drawstring tea bags here, that will hold 2 tablespoons of mulling spice, or you can use cheesecloth and tie your spices up with baking twine.
You can make your own dried orange peel to add to your mulling spice or tea. I started with two oranges (organic is best) to end up with a half pint jar of dried peel.
Peel your oranges as you would normally, keeping the pieces as large as possible. Cut as much of the bitter pith away from the peel and then use a knife to scrape away as much remaining pith as possible, until you see the orange exterior.
Cut the peel into thin strips and put in a 250 degree oven on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the peel starts to curl and dry. Let cool completely and store in an airtight jar. Mix with your mulling spice or add to tea.
Yvette van Boven designed adorable recipe cards to go with Made with Love cookie stamps for Anthropologie. No longer available, I found a similar Home Made stamp from World Market.
The cookie stamp works best with recipes without baking powder or baking soda so the stamp leaves a distinct impression after baking. A Home Made Winter savory salted thyme cookie (more like a cracker) fit the bill for the cookie stamp.
Mix your dough of choice, roll it into walnut size balls,
and stamp and flatten to desired
thickness with cookie stamp.
Hope your surviving Ol’ Man Winter. . .
I recommend the rum :)
You can find a printable recipe for
Mulling Spice with Dried Orange Peel, here.
I’m joining The Novel Bakers for
Home Made Winter this week. . .