I always have a half gallon of cider in my fridge during the fall. It is amazing on its own as a beverage and it is even better in baked goods (like my cider and raisin breakfast cookies). The trick to really amplifying the spiced cider flavor is apple molasses.
Apple molasses is incredibly simple to make and will have your house smelling like a cinnamon dream. Do you have cider in your fridge, a pot, a stove, and a few hours to spare? Then you’re ready to make this recipe!
What is Apple Molasses?
Apple molasses is boiled down cider. The apple cider gets extremely concentrated and it ups the flavor, the spice, and the sweetness. 1/2 gallon of fresh apple cider will give you about 1 cup of concentrate. It has almost a jelly consistency and is not as sticky as regular molasses. Apple molasses can be found in the store, but it is so easy to make your own!
Apples to Apples
- Large, sturdy pot (such as a dutch oven)
- Heat safe spoon
- Mesh sieve
- Large measuring cup
- Airtight jar or bottle
- 1/2 gallon fresh spiced apple cider
Add large pot to stovetop burner over high heat. Pour in 1/2 gallon cider and bring to a rolling boil.
Reduce heat to low/medium low and leave pot uncovered on stove for 3 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. You will see the cider reducing over time. Monitor at the 3 hour mark. If more than a cup remains, leave pot on heat for 30 minute increments until reduced to 1 cup.
Using a small mesh sieve, carefully pour the finished molasses through the sieve into a large measuring cup to remove sediment. Transfer from large measuring cup into an airtight jar or bottle and allow to cool before placing in refrigerator. Store in fridge for up to two weeks.Print