Poached Apples

March 5, 2008 at 12:00 pm 13 comments

Green Tea and Citrus Poached Apples 

Port Wine and Pastries:  Yes, my dear readers, I am currently away from my desk/computer, hiking around the steep hills of Lisbon and rural sections of the northern Minho region of pint-sized Portugal.  I can’t wait to get back and tell you all about the rich old-world culture of this unique little country oft forgotten by European travelers intent on getting to Italy and Spain.  In the meantime, enjoy this post for Citrus and Green Tea Poached Apples, and please have patience with my delay in responding to comments. 

Obrigada e adeus (thank you and farewell)!

Behold, an apple!
Behold, a grapefruit!
Behold, green tea!
fresh apple slices
Behold, apples poached with green tea and grapefruit

Green Tea and Citrus Poached Apples
Adaptation of a recipe clipped from Martha Stewart Living Magazine

4 bags of jasmine green tea
2 ½ c. boiling water
2/3 c. sugar
Juice of half a large pink grapefruit
½ t. finely grated grapefruit zest
2 firm sweet eating apples, such as Nittany or Honeycrisp

Place tea bags in boiling water and steep for 3-4 minutes.  Do not steep for any longer or the tea will turn bitter.  In a medium saucepan, combine tea with sugar and stir to dissolve.  Add the grapefruit juice and zest and simmer very gently for 2 minutes.

Peel, halve, core and cut the apples into ¼ inch thick slices.  Add immediately to the saucepan with the tea mixture to avoid apples turning brown.  Cook over low heat so that steam rises from the pot but it does not bubble.  When apples turn translucent and soft, about 10 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon and place in a serving bowl. 

Gently boil the liquid in the saucepan until it reduces by about half, 6-8 minutes.  Pour over apples and serve either warm or chilled.  Apples can be refrigerated in syrup for up to two days. 

(serves 3-4)

Poached Apples and Wooden Fork


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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sue (coffeepot)  |  March 5, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Have fun, and the apples sound wonderful.

  • 2. Jennie  |  March 12, 2008 at 7:45 am

    Thanks, Sue! I did indeed have fun and these apples were indeed wonderful. 🙂 Even better the second day, after they had “marinated” overnight.

  • 3. michelle  |  March 12, 2008 at 10:11 am

    i would have never thought to pair those flavors with apples. interesting!

    also, i’m totally jealous of your trip.

  • 4. Jennie  |  March 12, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Michelle – Well, if it weren’t for good ol’ Martha Stewart, I wouldn’t have thought of it either, although her recipe called for pears. I thought the locally grown apples would stand in for a lack of pears.

    Trip was envy-worthy, but you’ll get to live vicariously though me once I get all the pictures and tales together. 🙂

  • 5. Alex Frane  |  March 12, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    I have a question: What do you think of Honey instead of sugar, and if you like it, how much would you substitute for it?

  • 6. boyarul  |  March 12, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Looks great and I will try it. But what the “c.” and “t.” means?

  • 7. Jennie  |  March 12, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Alex – Honey would be a great substitute! Depending on the type of honey you are using (some are more mild than others), you could just use a 1:1 ratio or maybe just a bit less honey than a full 2/3 cup. Does that make sense? 🙂

  • 8. Jennie  |  March 12, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Boyarul – My abbreviations mean as follows:

    c. = cup
    t. = teaspoon
    T. = tablespoon


  • 9. boyarul  |  March 12, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Thank You !

  • 10. Alex Frane  |  March 16, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Totally makes sense.
    Hah, for a second it kind of looked like you called me “honey” in your response.
    I was thinking of serving these in crepes, maybe topped with a little coconut ice cream. But they look amazing just by themselves.

  • 11. Jennie  |  March 20, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Alex – 🙂 These would be great in crepes and even better with a scoop of coconut ice cream! Wow, can I have some?? 🙂

  • 12. lovefrom1stbite  |  September 10, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Thanks for the post they look tasty!

    A food blogger next door 🙂

  • 13. "Matthew Yorke"  |  October 12, 2013 at 12:32 pm

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