Homemade Apple Topping


  • 7 medium “pie” apples, peeled and chopped (use a mix of sweet and tart)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup strong-brewed apple-flavoured herbal tea, cold
  • 2 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Combine apples and sugar in a large saucepan, cover and let stand 1 hour.
  2. Place over medium-high heat and stir frequently until mixture comes to a boil. Boil hard 1 minute, continuing to stir frequently.
  3. Whisk together tea, tapioca, cinnamon, ginger and lemon juice and stir into apples.
  4. Reduce heat to a brisk simmer and cook for 1 minute more, stirring.
  5. Pack mixture into sterilized jar(s), seal and process in a waterbath for 20 minutes (pints) or 35 minutes (quarts).