Cider Porridge

Sunday, November 09, 2014

It's that time of year... Almost all the good apples have been picked from the orchards, and we're left with the task of turning those unchosen apples into cider to warm us on our way through winter. In our house, we make my mom's special recipe (see below). She uses fresh orange juice and lemon juice to give a bit of bite to the winter warmer tradition.

A few nights ago, I made a little more mulled cider than I meant to. At the end of the evening, I put the top back on the pot, went to bed, and thought nothing more of it. In the morning, I woke up to the smell of cloves and cinnamon and apples from the night before, and inspiration struck. What if we used the cider to make oatmeal rather than water. The result was a bowl full of autumnal joy.

To do it yourself, all you do is substitute mulled cider for the liquid you use to make your oat porridge - the water or the milk (whatever you normally use). Soak/heat/cook as you would normally. We add cranberries to ours and have found that it rounds out the tastes of fall nicely.

If you'd like to make my mom's mulled cider to try it yourself, the recipe is below.


Harriet’s Homemade Mulled Cider
This is the cider my mom always made when I was home on break in the Fall and Winter. Many meaningful moments happened around the pot as the cider mulled - plans were hatched, counsel was given, and adventures were schemed.


3 liters apple cider

1/2 to 1 liter orange juice with pulp (depending on taste)

1 Apple

1 Orange

1 Lemon

1/2 a bottle of whole cloves

1/2 Tblspn Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Tblspn Ground Cloves

1 Tspn Ground Nutmeg

2-3 cinnamon sticks

Empty apple cider and orange juice into a large pot (or crock pot if available).

Squeeze juice from lemon into the mix.

Pierce the surface of the apple and the orange with whole cloves - pressing them into the skin so that only the top of the clove can be seen.

Add "cloved" apple and orange to the pot.

Add all spices and cinnamon sticks.


Put on low heat for 30min (or so). Leave the top off so the smell wafts though the house.


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