Baked fruit tea is an old Czech recipe which was made by Bohemian great grandmas long before you could find and buy fruit tea in the grocery stores. It is really easy to make and full of vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients, so it is perfect for the upcoming flu and cold season. Not to mention that the tea will warm you up during the cool days and evenings, especially the spiced version!
While our grandmothers used mostly fresh apples and pears, abundant during this time of the year, with frozen fruit being widely available in the stores you can experiment with other combinations you prefer, such as peaches or berries. You can also use other spices if you wish but cinnamon, whole cloves and badian or star anise are mostly used, adding an amazing smell throughout your whole house.
Fall baked fruit tea
1 lb of fruit – apples, oranges, berries – about 1/3 of each. Peel the oranges and cut them with apples into small chunks, add berries
1 organic lemon, peeled and cut unto smaller pieces
1 1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of rum – optional for “adult version”
Mix everything in a large bowl and pour into a baking pan. Cover with foil and bake at
375 degrees F for 30 minutes. Uncover, mix well and bake uncovered for additional 10 minutes. Pour the hot mixture into jars, put on the tops and turn them upside down to cool. Baked tea mix lasts in a cool place for weeks. Once you open the jar, you need to store it in a refrigerator.
How to prepare tea:
Put 3 full teaspoons of the mixture into a cup and add hot water
Let it steep for a minute or two, then you can either strain your tea or you can just eat the pieces of fruit with your teaspoon.
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