Recipe by Lennie
This is a great way to serve wassail for a group of good friends; the apples are a terrific addition but not necessary, and the recipe is easily halved. If you have leftover wassail, reheat it gently in the microwave.
- 3 cups apple juice
- 2⁄3 cup white sugar
- 2⁄3 cup slivered almonds
- 1⁄2 cup seedless raisin
- 2 quarts red wine
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 24 whole cloves
- 6 apples, cored
- 18 tablespoons white sugar
- whole cloves
Directions See How It's Made
- In a large saucepan or kettle, combine the apple juice, sugar, almonds and raisins; slowly stir in the red wine.
- Take a large piece of cheesecloth and place the cinnamon sticks and 24 whole cloves on it; with string, tie it up to make a small bundle and drop this into the red wine mixture.
- Heat slowly over low heat; don't let it boil.
- Meanwhile, make this unique garnish: stuff the centre of each apple with 3 tbsp sugar and stick each apple with a few whole cloves.
- Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and place the apples in it; bake, covered, at 350F for 45 minutes.
- Bake the apples about an hour or so before you want to serve the wassail.
- Pour the heated wassail into a large punch bowl, discarding the spice bag, and then add the baked apples; they are a treat for those still around when the wassail is gone!