The comfort of apples on a freezing day… few pleasures rival it. I am currently reading a beautiful book titled From the Apple Orchard by Lee Jackson. It contains a treasury of charming apple recipes, and I am now inspired to share them with you.
Warm Breakfast Apples
1 tablespoon of raisins
1/4 cup water
Peel and chop the fruit into small pieces. Place the pieces in a small pot and add the suggested amount of water. Next, add the raisins and the clove. Bring to boil and then go back to low heat. Cook for about 20 minutes or until the fruit attains a tender consistency. Eat warm.
Health Benefits: The flavonoids in apples reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Antioxidant-rich raisins nourish bones and boost brain power, among other things. According to ancient healers, stewed fruit eaten first thing in the morning is a golden food—it regulates digestion and energizes you for the day ahead.
Refreshing Post-Lunch Apple Tea
500 ml apple juice
1 tbsp honey
3 whole cloves
1 stick cinnamon, broken into pieces
2 tea bags
2 sprigs of fresh mint
The juice of ˝ lemon
Combine the juice, honey and spices in a large saucepan. Bring mixture to the boil and turn off heat. Add the tea bags, cover, and steep for about 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and strain off the spices. Serve piping hot.
Health Benefits: Honey, one of the world’s oldest sweeteners, is known to improve immunity, stave off infections, and keep the heart healthy. Cinnamon and clove are powerful spices that boost your digestion. Fragrant and vitamin-rich mint and lemon are ideal for fighting off post-lunch dullness.
Comforting After Dinner Apple-Flavored Green Tea
2 cups water
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tbsp. sugar
2 bags of green tea
1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
In small saucepan, bring water, cinnamon sticks and sugar to a boil; remove from heat. Add the green tea bags and brew for about 2 minutes. Remove the tea bags and cinnamon sticks. Add apple juice and serve hot.
Health Benefits: The antioxidant benefits of green tea are by now well documented the world over. Combined with apple juice and cinnamon, which helps regulate blood sugar, this is a wonderful brew for enjoying on a warm, restful night.