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Dear Mamas-in-Waiting,

Our family loves to make our own tea blends from scratch. Here is a recipe that makes excellent use of the apples that we dried during apple season. Add additional apples and/or spices to your liking.



  • 2 ¼ cups water
  • 6 half-slices of dried apples
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 2 cloves, whole
  • 1 tea bag — The tea can be black or green, decaf or regular.

Yield: Makes enough for 2 servings.

Step 1

apples in pan

Turn stove burner to high.

Measure and pour water in a pan.

Add in apple slices.

Cover pan with a lid.

Step 2

boiled applesBring to a boil.

Once water near a boil, immediately turn the heat down to low.

Simmer 20 minutes.

The hot water re-hydrates the apples and infuses their flavor into the water.

Step 3

Add cloves and cinnamon. cinnamon cloves

The cloves can be added with the apples in Step 1. However, powdered cinnamon becomes stringy when boiled which is why I add it to this step. Also, the spices don’t overpower the tea when added during Step 3.

Remove pan from heat.

Turn burner off.teabag in pan

Add in 1 tea bag.

Place the lid back on the pan.

Let steep for 3 minutes.

Step 4

tea in cupRemove apples and tea bag from the pan. Squeeze out any tea remaining in the apples.

Pour tea into cups, sweeten and serve.

Garnish as desired.