Updated: Feb 23, 2022
An updated medieval cider recipe from the south east of Britain to be drunk throughout the twelve days of Yule
Ingredients 3 small apples, cored 3 teaspoons soft brown sugar
1 orange 8 cloves 100g caster sugar
1 litre dry cider
150mls port 2 cinnamon sticks 1/4 teaspoon ground or freshly grated ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground or freshly grated nutmeg
1 lemon, halved
1. Preheat oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6.
2. Place the cored apples in a casserole dish. Fill each apple core cavity with a teaspoon of the brown sugar. Stick the cloves into the orange and place it with the apples in the dish. Add about 6 tablespoons of water to the oven dish and roast for 30 minutes, or until the apples are soft but still retain their shape.
3. Take the casserole dish out of the oven. Scoop the orange out, cut it in half and give it a gentle squeeze into the casserole dish before returning it to the dish. Add the remaining ingredients, gently squeezing the lemon on the same manner as the orange, and gently heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
4. Turn down the heat to keep the wassail warm 5. Ladle into mugs, tankards, goblets or cups, and dance and celebrate around your apple tree.
Wishing everyone a very merry christmas and holiday season