Poached Apples with Cloves, Mint and Basil


  • 4 large green apples, peeled, cored and cut into quarters
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 TBS fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint
  • 6 leaves fresh basil
  • Cream or yogurt for serving


Place water, lemon juice, sugar, cloves and mint in a pan. Stir over low heat without boiling until sugar dissolves. Then, bring to a boil. Add apples to pan and cook over low heat for 10 minutes or until apples are soft but not breaking up. Keep lid tilted to let steam escape. Remove from heat, add basil and set aside to cool. Carefully remove apples and place in a bowl; pour syrup through a sieve over top of apples. Serve chilled with berries and cream or yogurt.