As the air turns cooler and the leaves transform into a vibrant display of reds and golds, there’s a comforting and inviting feeling that autumn brings. One of the best ways to savor the flavors of this season is through the delightful taste of crisp apple syrup. Bursting with the essence of fresh apples, the warmth of cinnamon, and the peppery flavor of cardamom, this syrup is a true embodiment of fall in a bottle.
The Harvests’ Bounty: Apples in Autumn
Autumn is synonymous with apples, and this versatile fruit holds a special place in our hearts and kitchens during this time. Whether picked from the orchard or obtained from local markets, the apples of fall are bursting with flavor and fragrance, embodying the essence of the season. Any crispy red apple will work for these recipe! Simply slice into rounds and set aside.
Making the Syrup
This syrup is so simple and easy to make. In a medium saucepan, combine apple slices, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, crushed cardamoms (to help release the flavor) and ginger powder or fresh ginger.
Cover with water, mix well, and bring to a boil. Then turn heat down to low and simmer gently until the apples are soft and the syrup has thickened.
Allow the syrup to cool before straining into an airtight container or glass jar with a lid. Store in the fridge and enjoy however you like!
Enjoying Crisp Apple Syrup
Crisp apple syrup can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Drizzle it over pancakes, waffles, or French toast for a delightful breakfast treat. It can also be used as a sweetener in teas, coffees, or sparkling water for a refreshing beverage. In desserts, it adds a unique twist to cakes, pastries, and even ice cream.
A Taste of Fall in Every Drop
Crisp apple syrup captures the very essence of autumn, bringing the vibrant and comforting flavors of the season to your table. Easy to make and versatile in its use, this syrup is a wonderful addition to your fall culinary repertoire. Embrace the fall spirit, one sweet drop at a time!
Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 1.5 cups syrup
- 1 red apple, sliced
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 cardamom pods, crushed
- 1/2 tsp ginger powder or 1 inch fresh ginger
- 1 cup water
- Wash, core, and slice the apples into thin, even pieces. Leave the peels on for a more robust flavor and beautiful color.
- In a medium-sized saucepan, combine all the ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the apples are soft and the liquid has reduced.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool slightly. Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain the syrup into a bowl, pressing down to extract all the liquid. You can use a spoon to further press the apples and extract maximum flavor.
- Allow the syrup to cool completely before transferring it to a clean, airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks to maintain its freshness.
Please note: This recipe is a suggestion and can be adjusted based on personal preferences and dietary needs. Always experiment and tailor recipes to suit your taste!