Happy Sunday! So while I'm normally not one to post photos of my half-eaten lunch on my social media feeds, I'd like to share what I think is a badass recipe for Caramel Apple Spice.
I absolutely LOVE my hot cider (one reason why autumn is my favorite season) especially when it's in season at the farmer's markets (that's pretty much the only kind I'll buy). But there are times when I do want a hot cider-ish drink during a season other than autumn. And while I love to support my local independent coffee shops, going everyday can take alot out of your wallet (I've taken to going once a week...twice, if its a REALLY good week). Thus, I concocted this little recipe.
I typically use an apple juice from the organic section (I actually got 4 of the brand in the picture below for the price of two with coupons...I am absolutely in love with coupons), cinnamon powder, a type of caramel (the one below I got from a Tastefully Simple Rep. The Pampered Chef also has some good dessert sauces as does your local farmers markets and Whole Foods can be good too). Now, this time I have Reddi Whip's Extra Creamy Whipping Cream. Typically, I will make my own whipped cream (awesome recipe for homemade whipped cream here. This one is typically the one I use) but in this case I was lazy. Plus, the Extra Creamy product is good if you are on a tight budget and is probably their best one ingredient-wise.
So, taking the ingredients below, this is what I do:
1.) I measure the apple juice by pouring some (cold) into the coffee cup I intend to use, and then pour that into a saucepan on top of the stove (I hate microwaves. I think they are the devil. Hope that answers the "why don't you just pop it in the microwave" question that I know is forming in some minds out there in Cyberland).
2.) Add the caramel and cinnamon powder (I will confess that I do not measure the caramel or cinnamon when adding these...I just pour/sprinkle in as the spirit moves me so adjust how you see fit).
3.) I set the stove to a low-medium setting; you don't want to scald your juice! That's bad.
4.) Every stove is different as to how quickly it heats food and liquids. On mine, it usually takes about ten minutes before it is all to a consistency I like. Of course, stir while it heats to allow the caramel and cinnamon to disintegrate into the juice. Some of the cinnamon powder may settle at the top. That's okay.
5.) When everything is to where you want it to be, shut the oven off and remove sauce pan.
6.) Carefully (preferably over the sink) pour the juice with mixed in ingredients into the coffee cup of your choice.
7.) Top with whipped cream and drizzle some caramel or sprinkle some cinnamon (or do both!) on top!
The end result (The "Go To Hell, I'm Reading" mug came from Rickert & Beagle Books, an awesome bookstore located in Dormont, PA) :
And there you have it! A yummy hot drink that costs pennies to make. But also never forget to support those locally run coffee shops as well! :)
-My homemade makeup wipes (this will most likely be a vlog).
-Hot chocolate made with chocolate morsels (an oldschool recipe that is actually used at some point in the Birthrite Series).
Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :)
My short story, "The Cemetery by the Lake" is now available at Smashwords as a FREE download. More retailers will follow, but Smashwords is pretty compatible with most e-reader and PC formats.
The Cemetery by the Lake on Smashwords