Peach season is over. I am always sad at that moment. Beginning in late August, I keep checking with our local orchard about how many more pickings they’ll have. Last week I got the news—and I called our daughters right away.
“Hurry and get to Kauffman’s. They’ve picked their last peaches!” I believe were my exact words.
And so here we are, with the weather turning cool and October coming quickly. Fresh peaches are over, but I’m still wishing for them.
We found this recipe the other day and it was the perfect solution for me. It satisfies my peach craving, and it gives me something warm to drink now that the chill is clearly here to stay.
Peachy Spiced Cider
Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly, Revised and Updated, page 254
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 4-6 hours
Ideal slow-cooker size: 2-qt
4 5½-oz. cans peach nectar
2 cups unsweetened apple juice
½ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
4 fresh round orange slices, cut ¼” thick and then halved
1. Combine peach nectar, apple juice, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg in slow cooker.
2. Top with orange slices.
3. Cover. Cook on low 4-6 hours.
4. Stir before serving.
180 calories (0 calories from fat), 0g total fat (0g saturated, 0g trans), 0mg cholesterol, 15mg sodium, 44g total carbohydrate (3g fiber, 41g sugar), 1g protein, 6%DV vitamin A, 100%DV vitamin C, 4%DV calcium, 6%DV iron