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Spiced Warm Apple Punch Recipe

10/10/2014 17:32 | Updated 20 May 2015

spiced apple punch halloween

If you're having a bonfire night party or want to heat up your trick or treaters when they get back from filling their pockets at Halloween, make up a pan of this simple spiced apple punch. It would also be ultra comforting for anyone suffering with a bout of the sniffles.

The cloudy apple juice is spiked with fresh ginger, cinnamon, cloves and star anise to give it some seasonal spice. As I have a juicer, I prefer to make my own apple juice using fruit that's a bit ugly or not as firm as it used to be.

To get a litre you'll need 10-12 apples, but of course this is optional and shop bought juice works well too.

Prep time:
5 mins

Cook time:
20 mins

Makes: 1 litre

Ingredients:

1 litre cloudy apple juice

4 slices fresh ginger

2 small cinnamon sticks or 1 large snapped in half

1 tsp whole cloves

2 star anise

1 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions:

1. Pour the apple juice into a pan with the rest of the ingredients and place over a gentle heat for around 20 minutes, to allow the spices to infuse.

2. Strain through a sieve into a jug and then pour into mugs or heatproof glasses.

3. Serve with Dutch waffles warmed over the top of your mug of punch.

Cook's tip: give proceedings an adult kick with a couple of shots of dark rum

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