There’s something about the aroma of mulled spices and apple pie filling the home that says the holiday season is here. We’ve made a recipe that says just that, but with a healthy twist of tea. This delectable dessert is simple to make and will be the perfect pairing to your next family gathering.
- 2 Tablespoons loose leaf Orange Spice Tea, or 3 tea sachets
- 8 – 12 red apples, depending on size
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Steep Orange Spice Tea in 2 quarts of boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove tea leaves.
- Combine raisins, cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. Stir 2 Tablespoons of the steeped tea liquid into this mixture.
- Core the apples, taking care not to cut all the way through, leaving a deep well in each one.
- Arrange cored apples in your baking pan, filling each with the raisin mixture.
- Pour steeped tea carefully into pan. It should come at least halfway up the apples. Add more water if needed.
- Cover pan with foil. Bake 1 hour. Remove foil. Bake 15 minutes more. Serve warm and feel free to add a dollop of creamy vanilla ice cream. Yields 8-12.
What Are The Best Apples To Use For Baking?
These apples hold up exceptionally well in the oven. A combination of Jonathan and Golden Delicious, they are mildly sweet and a little bit tart, holding their shape well when baked.
This is the perfect choice for baking! Crisp when freshly harvested, they transition to a softer consistency when cooked. Macintosh apples are juicy and sweet, with a pleasant tanginess.
This smaller apple is slightly softer than the others on our list, but still keeps a good shape when baked. Cortlands have a nice balance of sweet, soft and tart flavors, even when cooked.