Dec. 12, 2019

Yuletide Wassail

6 apples, peeled and cored

About 12 teaspoons plus 3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 quarts ale or beer

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

3/4 cup medium sherry, or any sweet red or white wine

 

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Place the apples in a.buttered baking dish, and fill the center of each apple with about 2 teaspoons of sugar. Bake the apples until tender, about 30 minutes. Let the apples cool.

Pour 3/4 cup of the ale or beer into a large pot and add ghe cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and 3/4 cup sugar. 

Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, but do not let the mixture boil. When the mixture is hot add lemon zest, the remaining ale or beer and the wine. Keep the wassail over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it is very hot.

Place the bake apples in a small, heat resistant punch bowl and pour over the hot wassail.

Makes about 7 cups