Holiday Wassil

Holiday Wassil
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 mins
Bake Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 17 mins


  • 4 small apples, peeled and cored

  • 1 tablespoon butter, quartered

  • 4 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 8 cup apple cider

  • 8 cup orange juice

  • 3 lemons, juiced (about 1/3 cup)

  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

  • Apple slices (optional)

  • Cinnamon sticks (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Fill core of each apple with 1/4 of the butter and 1 Tbsp. brown sugar. Place apples in 1-quart baking dish. Pour 1 cup water around apples. Bake, uncovered, 40 to 60 minutes or until apples are soft. Cool slightly; quarter each apple. Set aside. Discard cooking liquid.

  2. In 6-quart Dutch oven combine apples, cider, fruit juices, lemon juice, ginger, and Spice Bundle. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 2 hours. Remove Spice Bundle and strain. Add an apple slice and cinnamon stick to each glass before serving, if desired. Makes 18 servings.

Spice Bundle

  1. For Spice Bundle, tie together 5 sticks cinnamon, 2 tsp. whole allspice berries, 2 crushed cardamom pods, and 1 tsp. whole cloves in cheesecloth.

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