Bigelow Tea is really falling for apples! With this delicious fruit spilling forth from the produce aisle and farmers’ markets in such an abundant variety, how can we resist? It’s only fitting, then, that the apple gets its own day of recognition: September 17th, International Eat An Apple Day! In honor of that day we’d like to share a few of our favorite apple-inspired recipes enhanced by – what else? – signature Bigelow Teas, of course!
Although it’s hard to beat the sweet-tart crunch of a fresh apple, cooked apples are truly sublime. These two recipes offer a slightly different take on the traditional apple pie. Bon appétit!
Roast Pork Loin with Spiced Apple Cider Apples
3 ½ cups (975mL) boiling water, divided
1 box Bigelow Apple Cider Herb Tea Bags
2 ½ lb (1kg) pork loin roast
1 clove garlic, sliced
¼ cup (50 mL) olive oil
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper
4 large firm cooking apples, peeled and cut into slices
(example: Fuji, Granny Smith, Cortland)
1 cup (250mL) reserved (from above) Bigelow Apple Cider tea
2 tablespoons (30mL) brown sugar
Boil water and add 20 tea bags. Let steep for 5-8 minutes. Remove bags by squeezing well and discard. Make slits in the roast and insert garlic slices. Combine 2 ½ cups Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea with olive oil, bay leaves and salt and pepper in a large plastic bag, add pork roast and marinate for 8 hours or overnight in refrigerator.
Refrigerate 1 cup reserved Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea for Apple Garnish.
When ready to roast pork, preheat oven to 350ºF. Remove meat from marinade, place meat in roasting pan and put into oven and roast for approximately 60 minutes or until meat is no longer pink inside and thermometer reads 160ºF. Meanwhile, prepare apple garnish by combining reserved 1 cup Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea and brown sugar, place in large skillet, add apple slices and cook on medium heat until liquid has reduced and apple is tender and flavored with tea. Serve slices of pork with apple garnish.
Bigelow® Cinnamon Stick® Baked Apples
1 ½ cups hot water
4 Bigelow® Cinnamon Stick® Tea Bags
6 medium apples (Cortland, Granny Smith, or any other slighlty tart baking apple)
3 tablespoons, plus 6 teaspoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Preheat oven to 400ºF and place rack in middle of oven.
In a measuring cup, steep tea bags in hot water for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags into cup before discarding. Add 3 tablespoons brown sugar to tea and stir until dissolved. While tea is still hot, add butter and stir to combine. Set aside.
Horizontally slice the top of each apple off and reserve. Using a melon baller or spoon, scoop out the core and seeds of the apple, making sure not break through the bottom.
Place the apples in an 8×8 inch (or 7×10) glass or ceramic baking dish and spoon 1 teaspoon of brown sugar into each cavity.
Gently pour prepared tea over the top of the apples and bake for about 40 minutes, or until apples are soft.
Image (top) by iMaffo via Flickr.com