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•4 large apples (I believe that golden delicious is what Cracker Barrel uses, but I always use granny smith as that's what the Mr. prefers)
•21/2 cups spiced apple cider (I use the Trader Joe's brand, you could also use regular apple cider or juice)
•3 Tablespoons cornstarch
•4 Tablespoons white granulated sugar
•1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
•1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
•1 pinch salt (optional, but I think it helps build the flavor)
•2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1.Core and peel apples, if desired.
2.Slice apples in desired thickness. Thinner slices will cook faster.
3.Pour cider or juice into a large skillet heating over medium heat.
4.Arrange apples in cider in a single layer. This is important so they can cook evenly at the same time. You can cook them in batches if needed.
5.Cook apples until just fork tender. Watch them carefully as you don't want to overcook them and they will continue to cook after removing them from the cider.
6.Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked apples to a large bowl. I just use the serving bowl for one less dish.
7.In a small bowl, thoroughly mix together cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.
8.Once mixed together, whisk in 1 - 2 ladles of warm cider mixture until everything has dissolved and no lumps are visible.
9.Whisk mixture into remaining cider in the skillet over medium heat.
10.Heat and whisk until sauce has thickened to your desired consistency (note it will thicken a bit as it cools).
11.Remove from heat and whisk in butter.
12.Pour sauce over apples and toss to coat evenly.
13.Serve hot or let cool before serving.
14.Leftovers should be stored covered in the refrigerator