Cider Beetles

środa, 5 lutego 2014

Cider Beetles

Time: 32 mins


  • 6 oranges
  • 2 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 12 (1 1/2 inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 12 small whole whole nutmegs
  • 24 large whole allspice
  • 96 whole cloves


  • 1 Adult Portion:.
  • 2 Slices oranges in half and scoop out pulp without breaking the orange rind. Reserve pulp for another use or discard.
  • 3 Place orange halves cut side up (like a bowl) on a wire rack on a baking sheet. Bake at 250F for 2 hours until dry and hard. Let Cool.
  • 4 Kid Portion:.
  • 5 Pack brown sugar firmly into each orange half, mounding slightly.
  • 6 Arrange spices in the brown sugar to resemble beetles: use a cinnamon stick as the body, a nutmeg as the head, 2 allspice for the eyes (on each side of the head), and 6-8 cloves for the legs/feet.
  • 7 Cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator (I keep mine sealed in plastic and in the cupboard).
  • 8 Directions for use:.
  • 9 Unwrap the beetle and drop into 1 1/2 quarts apple juice or cider. Simmer 30 minutes. Strain whole spices and orange rind from cider to serve. May add 1/2 cup of Brandy, and heat well. Store leftover cider in the refrigerator.

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