Wassail Punch (Serves 4-6 people)
6 small apples, washed, cores removed
1 litre/1 pint 15¼fl oz beer or cider
2 cinnamon sticks, crushed using a mortar and pestle
2 pinches ground cloves
freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
1 lemon, sliced
To sweeten the wassail punch, add 500g/1lb 2oz of sugar to the beer or cider before heating it.
and here are the steps:
Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
Score each apple around the middle using a sharp knife. Place the apples into an ovenproof dish and roast in the oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the apples have softened and the skins are beginning to split.
Meanwhile, heat the beer or cider in a saucepan over a low heat. Add the spices, stir well, and continue to heat through until the surface of the liquid starts to foam.
Add the lemon slices and roasted apples, then serve whilst hot.
Enjoy…in festo Nativitatis Domini Nostri, Iesu Christi