When I went to visit my neighbour last week, she was in the kitchen drying some orange peel in the oven. I wondered why and she showed me that she was going to make Christmas tea. I pimped the recipe a bit and did it myself. So here you a have a easy peasy last minute Christmas present, or just a nice spicy tea for yourself.
What you need:
- 250-350g of tea
- 2-4 orange peels (depending on how strong you like it)
- 1/4 Apple
- 50 g of almonds ground or chopped
- 1 cinnamon stick (approx. 10cm)
- 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 vanilla rod, chopped
Preheat the oven at about 100°C (convection). Chop the apple into very thin pieces, peel the oranges with a potato peeler. Put the apple and peel on a baking sheet in the oven. Leave it for about 1 hour 15 and decrease the temperature to 50°C. Meanwhile you can chop your cinnamon stick on a decent wooden board with a thick knife. Be very careful while doing that. Chop it into pieces of 2-5mm. In the end I used a food processor, but I’m not sure if it will live a long life, when doing that too often ;). Chop the vanila rod into even smaller pieces and put the tea, almonds, cinnamon and vanilla in a bowl. You have to decide, whether you like more tea or more of the other ingredients.
When the apple and the orange peel is dry enough you can break them apart. Fold the baking sheet over them and use a heavy rolling pin, to make small pieces out of them.
Nooow, put it all together, mix it around and put it in an airtight container. Leave it for at least one day, because the flavours need to set free. After that you are free to drink it all up at once, or to pack it for nice presents.