Stewed Fruit with Carmien Tea Syrup

This week I’m going to show you that Carmien Tea has got a tea for every day!  And today #TeaTuesday, we’re ‘cooking with tea’ using the gorgeous Carmien Rooibos and Chia – warm and comforting, seeing that we are smack bang in the middle of winter 🙂

Over the past long weekend, with a refreshing chill in the air, I’ve been craving something warm and fruity. Weekday mornings are normally such a rush, I often grab something that I can eat at my desk. And most of us do it anyway! But on weekends we often either go out of brunch or I prefer to have something for breakfast that I don’t normally can pop into a Tupperware container and take it to the office – something that takes a little more time to prepare as well.

My Hubby is of the opinion that preparing any meal should be a non-rushed, calming ritual. And there is a lot of merit to that argument. Anyway, this takes a bit to prepare, mainly because you have to start the night before, soaking the fruit (not a lot of effort!).

So start with this:

250g mixed dried fruit
250ml cold water
Soak this overnight

Then next morning, strain 250ml of the liquid from the dried fruit and pour it in to a saucepan. Heat it up to just under boiling point. Remove from heat, add 4 x Carmien Tea Rooibos and Chai Spices and leave to steep for about 5 minutes.

Return to heat, add 125ml brown sugar (or more if you prefer a sweeter syrup) and stir until sugar is dissolved.

Normally you would cool this down and use it in drinks (add to lemonade or soda water to make a refreshing iced tea or even to your gin and tonic!), serve it over vanilla ice cream, etc – but I poured it warm over the stewed fruit. Delicious!  If you prefer, you can warm the stewed fruit a little bit as well, be careful not to overcook it – like I nearly did!

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