Fall Baking Ingredients: Have You Discovered Boiled Cider?
One of the quintessential flavors in the fall baking repertoire is apple. Apple pie, apple scones, apple cake, apple bread, the list goes on and on and on. Here in Southwestern Pennsylvania we have access to a variety of locally grown apples and as we get deeper into fall the selection grows. So it goes without saying that I bake a lot with apples during the fall season. And one of my favorite ingredients for fall baking is apple based: Boiled Cider.
I discovered boiled cider about 4 years ago. While perusing recipes on King Arthur Flour's web site I came across a recipe for apple cider caramels. Apple cider caramels? MMMMMMM. Sounded really good to me so I clicked on the link and reviewed the recipe to see if I had all of the ingredients on hand. That's when I saw it - boiled cider. I was intrigued - did that mean I had to boil down cider? There was a link for that ingredient so I clicked and was redirected to KAF's shopping page for this delectable fall delight.
Dark brown and syrupy, intensely apple, boiled cider is made in, where else, Vermont by Woods Cider Mill. The Woods family has been making boiled cider since 1882. WOW! If a product has been in production for over 100 years it must be good. And it is. You can pour boiled cider as is on pancakes or waffles. Or mix it with 10x sugar for a quick apple glaze. Or add it to your favorite apple pie filling. Or add it to your favorite apple quick bread, scone or bar cookie recipe. Simply stated, boiled cider is my not-so-secret ingredient for fall baking which bumps recipes from good to GREAT! Find boiled cider on KAF's web site or Amazon or order directly from Woods Cider Mill of Springfield, Vermont.
You will be so glad you did! Happy Fall Baking!