Inspired by girlichef's Shrunken Heads in Spiced Cider, I asked my resident artist if he would be willing to carve some apples for me. He agreed. No questions asked.
Then I discovered that the hostess for our annual Halloween dinner and festivities planned to serve hot cider when the kids came back from trick-or-treating. So, I asked her if I could float some shrunken heads in her cider. Now there's a sentence I never thought I'd utter. She agreed. No questions asked.
I suppose my friends and family are all accustomed to my constant motion and themed madness.
- large apples
- juice from 1 or 2 lemons
Fill a large mixing bowl with water and stir in the lemon juice. Place it near your carving station. Peel and carve into your apple. Once you're happy with your heads, place them the lemon water to keep them from oxidizing. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
When you're ready to bake and shrink, place the heads on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cook in the oven for 2 to 3 hours. Then turn off the oven, leave them in the there, and let them stand overnight.
To serve: float the shrunken heads in a punch bowl - or pot - of spiced cider. Cheers!