Shrunken Heads in Cider

from Martha Stewart

It makes me smile to think of how much Martha Stewart enjoys Halloween. ¬†Here’s another of her brilliant and fun ideas for Halloween.


2 cups lemon juice

2 tablespoons coarse salt

8 large Granny Smith apples

32 whole cloves

2 gallons apple cider

2 12-ounce cans frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

2 cups spiced rum optional


Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together lemon juice and salt; set aside. ¬†Peel apples and cut each in half through the stem; remove seeds and core. Using a sharp paring knife, carve a face, as desired, on the rounded side of each apple half. Place apples in lemon mixture for one minute; transfer to paper towels to drain.Place apples, face-side up on prepared baking sheet and transfer to oven. Let bake until apples are dry and begin to brown around the edges, about 90 minutes. Remove apples from baking sheets and press cloves into the “eye” sockets.Combine cider, lemonade, and rum if using in a large punchbowl; float shrunken heads on top.”

via Shrunken Heads in Cider – Martha Stewart Recipes.

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