Here we go a’wassailing!

1003_1_wassail-pictureHot Wassail…awesome!

Well wassailing is an old southern English tradition from somerset and roundabouts. Originally it was a ritual performed with the intention of ensuring a good crop of cider apples for the next year’s harvest…not of Christian origin at all but has left us with a tasty warming Christmas drink.


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:

 

Step 1

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.

 

Step 2
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.

 

Step 3
Add the lemon slices and roasted apples, then serve whilst hot.

 

Enjoy…in festo Nativitatis Domini Nostri, Iesu Christi