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two glasses with roasted fruit tea. red glass mug with berry tea and yelllow/green with tropical variation

Roasted Fruit Tea (Berry & Tropical)

  • Author: Michal Martinek
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 68 small jars 1x

Description

Comforting hot drink made by roasting your favorite combination of fresh fruit, sweetener and spices. 


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Ingredients

  • Variation 1: Berries
  • pounds fresh berries (about 1/3 each strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or your favorite ratio), washed
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large lemon, squeezed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Variation 2: Pineapple & kiwi
  • 1 large pineapple
  • 5 medium kiwi
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 large lemon, squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon dried orange peel
  • ½ teaspoon dried ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

Instructions

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Variation 1. Hull the strawberries. Make sure the fruit is roughly the same size—you might want to cut some large strawberries in half.
  3. Variation 2. Peel and trim the pineapple, and cut it into 1-inch pieces. Peel the kiwi and cut it into 1-inch pieces.
  4. Variation 1 & 2. Add the fruit to a large casserole dish. Add the sugar, lemon juice and spices, and mix with a spatula or wooden spoon to combine.
  5. Roast in the oven, stirring every 10 minutes, until soft and juicy, about 30 minutes.
  6. Ladle into clean glass jars, leaving 1/8 inch of headroom. Screw in the lids and immediately turn upside down—this seals the lids and preserves the fruit tea. Let cool completely in this position. 
  7. Store in a cool dry place. After opening, store in the fridge.
  8. How to use roasted fruit tea: Place 3 tablespoons in a cup, and add hot water, or hot black tea. Stir. Add more roasted fruit to taste. Add 1 tablespoon of rum or brandy if you like.

Notes

  1. You can easily double or triple the recipe. 
  2. Experiment with the sweetener if you like and use other sugars such as coconut sugar, or a sugar replacement like Swerve.
  3. Experiment with different fruits. Use one kind or a mixture of your favorite ones.
  4. Experiment with the spices and flavorings, such as fresh grated ginger, few drops of rose water, dried lavender, or almond extract .