My post below unleashed a small flood of defiant emails stuffed with cider cake and cider bread recipes. I have only myself to blame. What I was thinking when I wrote what I wrote was simply that cider-based baking isn’t something you encounter much in books, for the reasons I discussed. That’s not to say cider is never used as an ingredient in baking. Being as acidic as cider is — at least on par with buttermilk — it reacts splendidly with baking soda. Thus there’s no shortage of cider quick bread recipes out there. More exotic preparations containing cider also exist, I know. So please, no more. My cider recipe box is now full to bursting. Next time I have a surplus of the stuff, I’ll know exactly what to do with it.