Sam’s historical recipe corner: Wassail punch

Here, we take a step back in time and recreate some historical recipes for you to try at home Thursday 10th December 2015 Submitted by: BBC History Magazine BBC History Magazine  Add some history t…

Source: Sam’s historical recipe corner: Wassail punch



• 6 small apples, washed and cored

• 1 litre cider (I used dry)

• 2 cinnamon sticks, crushed

• 2 pinches ground cloves

• Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste

• 1 lemon, sliced

• Sugar, to taste



Preheat oven to 190˚C/gas mark 5. Score the apples and place in an ovenproof tray and roast for 45–50 minutes, or until skin is soft and starting to split.

Heat the cider in a saucepan over a low heat and add cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Stir well and heat through until the liquid starts to foam.

Add the lemon slices and roasted apples, and give the liquid a good stir – if there is any apple juice left in your ovenproof dish, add this, too. If you want to add sugar (I added about 4 tablespoons), now is a good time to do so – add it gradually and taste as you go along. Serve hot.


BBC history Magazine team verdict:

“A lovely punch that was very easy to make.”

“Tastes a bit like apple crumble in a glass.”

“I’d drink this to knock out a cold!”


Difficulty: 2/10

Time (including roasting apples): 1hr


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