June 14, 2012

Roasted Peach Iced Tea {Powernap}

Roasted Peach Iced Tea

This is the latest installment of my Powernap column. The series where I share quick, easy food that can be made for all kinds of situations. Powernaps are short and sweet, and so are these recipes. These are the things I make in a jiffy when I need a quick snack, am in the mood for a recipe experiment, or simply need to clean out the pantry.

Last year I replicated the Roasted Peach Lemonade I had first tried in Atlanta at BlogHer Food. It was extraordinary and we drank it all summer long. Last week I found the first peaches of the season in our store and decided it was time to revisit our favorite summer beverage. Of course, not being able to simply leave a classic recipe alone I decided to change it up and make it into iced tea instead.

I left the process of roasting the peaches with sugar completely untouched. While they were roasting I whipped up a simple batch of iced tea using basic black tea bags. Once the peaches were pureed I stirred them into the tea and chilled the mixture in the fridge for a few hours. Unlike the lemonade, however, this time I strained out most of the peachy pulp before we drank it. I prefer my tea to be clear so I wanted to get rid of a lot of the pulp. I also didn’t add any sweetener since I like unsweetened iced tea. However, if prefer sweet, pulpy tea feel free to skip the straining, stir in some simple syrup and enjoy your summer beverage!

Recipe

Roasted Peach Iced Tea

Ingredients

4 medium peaches, pitted and sliced in half
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
4 cups freshly brewed tea, cooled slightly

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 400F.

2. Place the peaches skin side down in a baking dish and sprinkle the tops with the sugar. Roasted the peaches for about 25 minutes or until the tops of the peaches are juicy at the skins able to be easily pinched off.

3. Remove the peach skins and drop the roasted peaches into a blender. Pour in enough tea to cover the peaches in the blender. Puree the peaches completely, until the liquid is a little foamy and frothy.

4. Pour the mixture into a pitcher and stir in the rest of the tea. Chill. Before drinking pour the tea through a strainer to get rid of the pulp. However, if you want the pulp in simple stir the tea well before serving.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This simple tea is terrific afternoon refresher in the summer. Serve it with lunch or take it to the beach in a thermos.

Naptime Stopwatch

20 minutes prep time

Naptime Reviews

I love this nearly as much as the lemonade, it reminds me of an unsweetened Snapple!