FoodCzech roasted tea offers the aromatic taste of summer fruits in winter

Czech roasted tea offers the aromatic taste of summer fruits in winter

Roasted tea
Roasted tea
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6:08 PM EDT, July 10, 2024

Pečený čaj, or roasted tea, is a popular aromatic drink in the Czech Republic. Seasonal fruits are roasted and then placed in small jars. When you unscrew the lid in the fall and winter, the whole room fills with a wonderful summer sweetness.

Pečený čaj can also become the base of a strongly fruity and aromatic lemonade. It warms you up in the winter and quenches your thirst in the summer. In the Czech Republic, you can easily buy jars of roasted tea. I brought several flavors from Prague myself. Some I will certainly save for the winter.

Czech roasted tea. How to make this aromatic drink?

Pečený čaj is a very popular fruit drink in the Czech Republic. Translated to American English, pečený čaj means roasted tea. However, don't be misled; this product doesn’t contain tea leaves; instead, it has a mixture of roasted fruits (baked with sugar and spices). The mixture is then placed in airtight jars. One teaspoon of such fruits creates a glass of aromatic drink.

The idea is to enjoy the taste of fruits even in the winter, so now, while you have plenty of fresh seasonal fruits on hand, is the best time to prepare roasted tea, or more specifically, a fruit-roasted mixture. The ready mixture can be poured with water, but the Czechs sometimes add a splash of rum.

Homemade roasted tea. Recipe

Baked tea works well both in summer and winter.
Baked tea works well both in summer and winter.© Pixabay

Ingredients:

                  
  • 2 lbs of fruits (apples, pears, raspberries, strawberries, currants, chokeberries, cherries)
  • 3.4 oz of citrus juice – oranges, lemons, mandarins
  • Sugar – enough to cover the fruits
  • Spices: cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, vanilla, anise

Preparation:

  1. Place washed and cleaned fruits on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. It's best if the fruits are not too crowded and close together.
  3. Pour the citrus juice over the fruits, add your favorite spices, and sprinkle with sugar. Mix well.
  4. Put the fruits in the oven and bake at 340°F for 50 minutes, stirring the mixture every few minutes.
  5. Then, transfer the fruits along with the resulting syrup to jars and pasteurize.
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