Tiny likes to cozy up with a warm cup of tea after an exciting day, but this week she decided to try something a little different: cooking with some of her favorite tea flavors! All kinds of tea can be tasty in both savory and sweet dishes.
Chamomile, which is a plant in the daisy family, is known to be calming and soothing when brewed in a tea. This makes it particularly great in an after-dinner treat before settling down for bedtime! The word Chamomile comes from the Greek 'chamai melon' meaning 'ground apple', and is named this because its flavor is reminiscent of the fruit. Tiny decided to pair the two together for this comfy fall dessert!
Chamomile Poached Apples
4 T dried chamomile, or 6 chamomile tea bags
2 strips of orange zest
1 strip of lemon zest
1 cinnamon stick
6 T honey, or otherwise to taste
1/3 cup golden raisins
Slivered almonds, chopped nuts, or granola (optional)
4 apples, such as Pink Lady, Braeburn, or Cortland
Brew the tea by bringing 2 ½ cups of water to a boil. Steep either the dried chamomile or the tea bags for 4-5 minutes.
Once the apples are ready, use a slotted spoon to carefully move them onto a plate. Strain the liquid into another small saucepan; keep the raisins for the apples, but toss out the zests and the cinnamon. Gently simmer the remaining liquid to thicken it and concentrate the flavor for 20-25 minutes. Let the 'syrup' cool at least 10-15 minutes before serving.
Serve apples with a spoonful of the syrup over plain Greek yogurt, vanilla ice-cream, or with a splash of warm milk. Sprinkle with golden raisins, nuts, granola, or other crunchy addition!
Any leftover apples are delicious chopped and added into hot oatmeal or your favorite cereal.
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