Matt has been on my case to post this, I have resisted but so far that boy is RELENTLESS! I keep trying to tell him that I'm not that kind of girl, this ain't no recipe blog, and I ain't no foodie. Give me a baked potato and I am a happy little mouse.
He just laughed and threatened me with physical violence.
So anyway, after we hosted the fall festival I ended up with about 3 dozen apples crowding my fridge. I started frantically looking up recipes with apples, but no matter how delicious apple dumplings are there really is such a thing as too much dumplings. Then in a stroke of luck I stumbled on this recipe. Iced Apple Tea. If that doesn't scream old school southern charm I don't know what does, I feel like I should be wearing a hat and some dainty gloves.
Funny thing is, the only use of actual apples is as a garnish. It is so simple, that doesn't mean I didn't manage to set off the fire alarm on my first attempt, but I have faith that you are undoubtedly better in the kitchen than I.
You will need apple cider, two apples, 1/3 cup of honey, a pinch of sugar, and six tea bags.
Bring three cups of water to a boil, remove from heat, and steep all six tea bags in the water for 15 minutes.
Remove the tea bags, and add three cups of apple cider (I am told that apple juice works just as well, but we are cider people), the honey, and the sugar and bring the mixture to a boil again.
You want to heat the tea until the honey dissolves.
Pour it into your fanciest crystal pitcher that your old neighbor Dave gave you when he got divorced and wanted to start over in the kitchen. Since taking these pictures, I have learned that I like to pour it over the sliced apples, but I am pretty sure it makes so difference whatsoever.
You can drink it right away if you like hot drinks, or you can refrigerate it for a couple of hours if you like it refreshingly cold.
Whatever you do, DO NOT forget to eat the tea soaked apples. Matt never eats his, I don't know why, they are unbelievable.
I like to pour mine into a wine glass and take on a slight southern drawl. What? You guys don't do that? Oh...yeah...neither do I. Ahem. Moving on.
Now, what to do with my remaining 25 apples? Anyone? Anyone??