Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Apple Tea Recipes

Apple tea was a refreshing treat at the back-to-school tea party I did for my children recently. I sampled it hot, and it was delicious! But for our outdoor party we enjoyed it over ice.

Apple Tea
Brew 3 family-size tea bags for 3 to 5 minutes. Allow the tea to cool slightly, then stir in 1 1/2 cups sugar. Add 2 to 3 cups apple juice, depending on how strong you want the apple flavor to be. Pour the cooled mixture into a pitcher and fill to the top with water. Serve over ice. Makes 1 gallon.

Fresh maple scones were a treat served with apple jelly and almond cream. I froze the leftover scones to reheat and serve later with blackberry jam.

Maple Scones
4 cups flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups half and half
Preheat oven to 425 degrees, and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl, and cut in butter with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Separate an egg, placing the yolk and white in separate bowls. Beat egg yolk with a fork, then stir in cream. Add this mixture to the crumbly dough, and stir lightly with a fork until the dough sticks together. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 5 or 6 times. Using a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to about a 1/2-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut the dough, and place the scones on the prepared baking sheet. Beat the reserved egg white, and stir in 1/3 cup cream and 2 tablespoons Mapeline flavoring. Brush this mixture over the scones, and sprinkle the tops with additional sugar. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm. Note: Freeze leftover baked scones. To reheat, bake frozen scones in a 350-degree oven until warm.

I love apples in my chicken salad, but I thought serving chicken salad on apples would be a refreshing twist for this afternoon tea favorite.

Chicken Salad on Apples
1/2 rotisserie chicken, shredded
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon Grey Poupon Mild and Creamy
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/3 cup celery, finely diced
1/6 cup walnuts
3 to 4 medium apples
Lemon juice
Place shredded chicken in a mixing bowl. Combine mayonnaise through basil in a separate bowl, stirring to make a dressing. Spoon this over chicken, and stir to combine thoroughly. Gently fold in celery and walnuts. Store in the refrigerator. Shortly before serving, cut apples into thin slices and dip the slices in lemon juice. Use a melon baller to scoop chicken salad onto the apple slices. Serves 6.


Little apple cupcakes provided a sweet end to our back-to-school tea. To make these, I piped red icing onto mini cupcakes with a star tip, peaking the icing in the middle to create a domed effect. A tiny piece of chocolate tucked into the icing looked like a stem, and a little green leaf piped onto the stem finished off the apple.

I hope you will show loved ones they are the apple of your eye by sitting down together with one of these easy recipes!


Sandy Toes said...

Those cupcakes are so very cute!
sandy toe

Deborah said...

Melissa do you make your own icing every time you bake or do you buy it already made? If you buy it already made where do you get it?

Debbie Miller
I love your blog and get so excited when there is a new post. You have a precious family. My 17 dd wants to be "Melissa Lester" when she has a family.

Mrs. Dunbar said...

Thanks for the ideas. I have a ton of teacher friends (being that I used to be one) that are going back to school next week. I think I'll use these recipes on them. What wonderful ideas.

Melissa Lester said...

Debbie, thank you so much for your comment! That means so much to me. I do usually make buttercream icing, and you can find my recipe in this post: http://alittleloveliness.blogspot.com/2008/09/for-love-of-kylee.html. I have started keeping cans of premade icing in case I need a little for a quick project, like the shoe cookies I made with Nutter Butters in the spring. And if I need an especially dark color that is difficult to achieve with icing paste -- especially black -- I will pick up a little icing tube of the color I need. Those can be really difficult to use, though, because the icing tends to be too thick to pipe easily or so thin that the color runs all over the cake. So making the icing is often the easiest way to go, but I opt for the most convenient choice. Thanks for the question!

Anonymous said...

This is Sharon Ward. I have just found your comment and question about Mrs. Brunson today. Mrs. Edna Brunson died earlier this month I think it was. She was buried from a funeral home in Troy, therefore I don't remember exactly what day she died. Also I'm sure that you already knew that Mrs. Betty Fuller died several years ago. That was such a huge shock to me and everyone else.

BTW I'm still enjoying your blog and marveling at all you manage to do with four children. My daughter thinks she is overwhelmed with two. It should be a little easier in some ways as they get older though.

Angela McRae said...

What a lovely tea party! Thanks for sharing the recipes!

Sharon Ward said...

My husband just mentioned that you could have meant Mrs. Carolyn Brunson rather than Mrs. Edna. We do know that Mrs. Carolyn is at home and they have someone staying with her. I don't know for sure, but I don't think that she is doing very well.

Sharon Ward

Melissa Lester said...

Thanks, Sharon, for the update. Carolyn Brunson is a dear lady to me. We went to church with her, and she was always the epitome of a gracious southern lady to me.

cMe said...

I just linked to your blog from somewhere on the internet and I like it! I will have to give your chicken salad recipe a try!

My husband is from AL. He went to college in Troy and we have friends who live in Wetumpka. It's a small world, indeed!

BumbleVee said...

mmmmmMaple scones...yum. I bet a bit of maple syrup or maple butter in the mix would enhance the flavour even more...

I'm scrolling backwards through your blog and enjoying great photographs and yummy goodness....

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Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You are so creative! What darling cup cakes!

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