Here I am with another apple recipe – because I believe there’s nothing like too many apple recipes! I try to eat as many as I can every day and you should, too! (you’ve doubtless heard of the many health benefits of apples, haven’t you?) 😉
Rainy and chilly afternoons call for a cup of hot tea, a blanket (or a fireplace!) and a good book. I love preparing tea (or infusion, if you prefer to call it like that) and playing with tastes that suit the weather mood, so today I came up with this apple mint tea spiced with my favorite Autumn/Winter spices: cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. I have a pot of chocolate mint (yes, it does smell a little of chocolate – not overwhelmingly though) growing on my kitchen window sill and given that I’d never tasted apple+mint combination before, I thought I’d give it a try. Mmmm, it was really delicious! I added only a small amount of mint (not to overpower the apple aka the protagonist), and it was enough to give the tea some of that familiar minty spiciness which paired very well with other spices used. Warmly recommended Autumnal drink, perfect for rainy days.
Tea for 2:
2-4 small(ish) apples, cored and sliced
1 cinnamon stick
3 cardamom pods
peel (strips) of 1 unsprayed lemon
1/2tsp dried mint leaves (or a few sprigs fresh mint)
cane sugar or mild honey, to taste
apple slices, for decoration
fresh mint leaves, for decoration
Place all the ingredients into a skillet or tea pot, bring very slowly (medium heat!) to gentle simmer. Remove from heat, fish out the apple slices to eat them later as a compote. Add mint leaves to the liquid, cover with a lid and let infuse for 5 minutes. Then filter, pour into 2 glasses or cups, decorate with apple slices and mint leaves and your tea is ready.