Enjoy a mug of Lamb's Wool with your slice of King's cake.
5 tart apples
1 cup hard cider (such as Woodchuck or Hornsby's)
4 pints of dark ale (such as Newcastle Brown)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon whole cloves (not ground)
sugar to taste
Preheat oven to 350° F. Peel, core, and halve apples. Place cut side down in a glass baking dish. Pour cider over. Sprinkle 1/4 cup brown sugar on top and dot with butter. Bake for 45 minutes until very soft. Remove from oven and set aside.
Peel lemon and orange with a vegetable peeler. Cut peel into 1-2 inch pieces. Put ale, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and lemon and orange peel into a medium saucepan and heat gently over a low flame until warm. (Do not boil) Add sugar to taste. Pour into a serving bowl and top with apple halves. Serve in mugs or other heat-proof glassware.
Patum Peperium will return after Epiphany. Until then, Happy New Year.