Applejack for baking? Can I make a substitute?
One of my sisters is buying an alcoholic beverage called 'Applejack' -- it is my understanding that is is made from hard cider by freezing it and removing the water ice, thus concentrating the alcohol. She says it is making incredible apple baked goods -- she uses it in the filing of pies, and also is using it as the water or part of the water in making her crust - makes sense, since they often use a little vodka in pie crust.
It is similar to brandy in that it is essentially concentrated wine with the water removed, but in the case of brandy, the concentration is done by heat distillation, whereas with Applejack its by freezing.
I have been to about six stores without any luck finding it. Why it should be so hard to find is beyond me?
Anyway, wouldn't it yield essentially the same thing if I soaked some chopped or sliced apples in vodka for a while and then strained out the fruit? Or, at least a reasonable substitute == apple flavor plus alcohol?