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And the winner of...

And the winner of this year's election is... Apple pie!

to read this than it does to turn a whole apple into peeled slices! If the apple peeler is my favorite tool, boiled cider is my secret ingredient. This thick, intensely “apple-y” syrup comes from Willis and Tina Wood's orchard in Springfield, Vermont. It's simply boiled-down cider. Can you boil

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Pie, any way you...

Pie, any way you slice it

…start making your crusts for Thanksgiving RIGHT NOW. Once you're at this point, no problem to pop your creations into the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before rolling. What a difference a little rest makes. See how the dough has changed? Not dusty or crumbly, just ready to go…

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Sausage and Apple...

Sausage and Apple Pie

…peeler/corer/slicer makes quick work of this task. You want about 6 cups of apples, more or less; don't be fussy. Transfer the apples to the pan in which you fried the sausage, and add the following: 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup apple cider or apple juice; or substitute 1/4 cup boiled cider + 3/4 cup water 1…

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Mini Fruitcakes

Mini Fruitcakes

…understanding why you needed to use a BIG bowl, or B) wondering how to stir everything together without it spilling over the sides of the not-quite-large-enough bowl you chose. Am I right? This is a LOT of batter. The theory being, if you're making fruitcake, you might as well make a lot. Spoon the batter…

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Caramel Apple...

Caramel Apple Biscuits

…flour on hand? Make your own self-rising flour substitute. Or substitute our recipe for biscuits using all-purpose flour. Work in 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter until it's in small pieces. Combine 2 tablespoons boiled cider or apple juice concentrate with 1/3 cup milk. Add to the flour mixture…

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100% Whole Wheat...

100% Whole Wheat Apple Cider Baked Doughnuts with Maple Glaze

…wheat. Substitute an additional 3 tablespoons applesauce or 2 tablespoons boiled cider, if desired. Add 2 cups (8 ounces) King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour or Premium Whole Wheat Flour, stirring just until smooth. Want to substitute all-purpose flour for whole wheat? Use 1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons…

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Inside-Out Pumpkin...

Inside-Out Pumpkin Muffins

…filling of cider and cinnamon-scented cream cheese. They're every bit as good as they look; and not at all fussy to make. Because, trust me, if these muffins involved a piping bag – in my personal parlance, "the dreaded piping bag" – they wouldn't be on my "must-do" list, no matter how tasty. Call…

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Apple-picking time

Apple-picking time

…Pie Reader rave: "The best apple pie I've ever made! The boiled cider really makes a difference! ...Kudos to the KAF family for this recipe. It's now my go to recipe for apple pie!!" delila80 – KAF Community My 2¢: This pie uses my go-to crust: a simple five-ingredient formula using shortening for…

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Apple-Cinnamon Pull...

Apple-Cinnamon Pull-Apart Rolls

…transfer them to a rack to cool. In retrospect, these are too dark; next time, I'll shorten their oven time just a tad. Drizzle rolls with boiled cider, if desired; this will add flavor, as well as a nice stickiness. When rolls are completely cool, add a simple white icing. To make the icing, stir…

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Jen's Schiacciata

Jen's Schiacciata

…Sambuca comes off as sweet and complex, rather than licorice-y. And, if you're totally averse to alcohol (or licorice) – flavorful boiled cider is a worthy substitute. The dough for this bread takes longer to make than most – not because it's difficult, but simply because it takes its sweet time. And…

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Gluten-Free Apple...

Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

…Granny Smiths and Pink Ladies. Combine 2 tablespoons boiled cider and the juice from 1 orange, and toss with the apples. Whisk 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg,  1/4 cup granulated sugar, and a pinch of salt (if you're wanting to thicken the juice of the apples, you can add 1 tablespoon…

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Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam

…ingredients to add to give it their own twist. My twist here? I couldn't resist using our entrancing boiled cider as part of the liquid, and chef Susan Reid suggested some bay for complexity. It is a masterful combination and completely addictive. Let's get started on our Bacon Jam. Ah, bacon. How do I love…

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Apple Upside-Down...

Apple Upside-Down Cake

…apples may brown a bit as you make the syrup, but no worries; they'll be a deep mahogany brown once they're baked, anyway. Combine the following in a saucepan or microwave-safe bowl: 4 tablespoons butter 3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed 2 tablespoons boiled cider or thawed apple juice concentrate…

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Paper Bag Apple Pie

Paper Bag Apple Pie

…have to do is cut the slices into smaller pieces. One apple; 10 seconds. I kid you not! Put the apples in a big microwave-safe bowl, and add the following: ¾ cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons boiled cider, optional…

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Cider Doughnuts

Cider Doughnuts

boiled cider. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar is dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover the pan, and boil for 3 minutes, without stirring. Be aware the syrup will rise in the pan quite a bit as it boils; that's why you want to use a deep pan. Remove the cover and boil

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Sam's Pulled Pork ...

Sam's Pulled Pork & Coleslaw: heaven on a bun.

…classic with us. We make no claims to authenticity; the only thing we can say for sure is, it truly tastes good! Let's buy the meat first. Ask your butcher (or look for) pork butt or bone-in pork shoulder. It's a relatively inexpensive cut, so it won't set you back too much, considering how many sandwiches…

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Holiday baking...

Holiday baking traditions

…pan from the oven, and immediately make the glaze. Better yet, make the glaze while the bars are baking; you want to glaze them while they're hot. Combine the confectioners' sugar with the liquid of your choice. I used brandy and boiled cider, but apple juice or cider would work just as well. Brush the…

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Would a pie by any...

Would a pie by any other name taste as sweet? Yes - if it's Apple Slab.

…Here's a wonderfully tasty glaze: Combine 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, 1/3 cup boiled cider, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, a small pinch of salt, and enough milk or cream to make the mixture “drizzlable.” Don't have boiled cider? Use plain milk or cream, maple syrup, honey, or thawed apple juice concentrate…

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Save that sourdough!...

Save that sourdough! Cinnamon-Apple Flatbread

…of the wedges into 3 pieces; you'll have 7 to 7 1/2 cups (about 27 ounces) of apple chunks. Two of my favorite apple ingredients: boiled cider, and grade B “cooking maple” maple syrup. Boiled cider is a thick syrup boiled down from fresh apple cider. No extra sweetener is added – but none's needed…

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Simple pleasures:...

Simple pleasures: Jam Blossoms

…into every part of your pantry to gather in herbs and cheese, fruits and nuts, sugar and spice, and many, MANY “things nice.” Ditto cookies. The list of ingredients for Cranberry-Raisin-Oatmeal Cookies is 20 items long, ranging from spiced rum and boiled cider to cranberries, pecans, ginger, oats…

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The road to crisp is...

The road to crisp is paved with new inventions: Tarte Tatin

…36 wedges in the pan. Of course, I didn't think to actually count wedges before I did this the first time. I went back and squeezed in six more wedges after I took this picture. Place another layer of apples on top. Drizzle 2 tablespoons boiled cider, or thawed frozen apple juice concentrate, over the…

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Basic is beautiful:...

Basic is beautiful: Apple Crisp

…pounds of apples. Lightly grease a 9" x 9" square pan, and preheat the oven to 350°F. We're going to peel, core, and slice the apples to make about 2 pounds, about 9 cups prepared apples. An apple peeler/corer/slicer makes short work of this. I can peel, core, and slice an apple in just about 10 seconds…

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Baked latkes redux

Baked latkes redux

…Not only can you make good latkes without grating raw potatoes – you also don't have to start with russets, as most traditional recipes do. How about yellow potatoes, or Yukon Golds? Start with 3 medium potatoes, about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds. Peel them. Here's method #1: Boiling the potatoes. Cut each…

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Lunch with the...

Lunch with the President

…about 30 minutes, start to finish. Once I'd taken the spongecake out of the oven, I returned to the apples, adding a good splash of boiled cider (about 1/3 cup; or substitute frozen apple juice concentrate); 1/2 cup brown sugar; and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon. Stirring gently makes this aromatic apple topping…

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