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    Hot Apple Punch

    As Eve so aptly demonstrated, there's nothing more tempting than an apple. WFI food stylist Louise Mackaness is certainly smitten by the fruit. Her new book Apples (Conran Octopus; £12.99) is full of wonderful recipes for apples and their juice, such as this spicy and refreshing punch.

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus infusing
    • Total time: 10 minutes, plus 2-3 hours infusing 60 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes 10 minutes

    Serves: 10

    Ingredients

    • 4 large, unwaxed oranges, plus extra for garnishing
    • 8 whole cloves
    • 1.5 litres cloudy apple juice
    • 2 cinnamon sticks, roughly broken, plus extra for garnishing
    • 100g quince cheese (membrillo)
    • 200ml Calvados

    Method

    1. Cut 2 of the oranges in half and push the cloves into the skins. Juice the other 2 oranges. Pour the apple juice into a large saucepan, then add the clove-studded orange halves, the orange juice, cinnamon sticks and quince cheese.
    2. Heat gently, stirring to dissolve the quince cheese. Remove from heat and set aside to allow the flavours to infuse for 2-3 hours.
    3. Just before serving, add the Calvados and warm the punch through. Strain into warm glasses and serve, garnished with a stick of cinnamon and a couple of slices of orange.

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