woensdag 16 december 2009

Glazed chicken breasts in a honey lemon tea

In summer, add a radicchio salad and corn on the cob; in winter, serve with grilled radicchio and baked squash.

2 tablespoons loose orange pekoe tea or 6 tea bags
2 tablespoons honey
1 lemon, juice and pared zest
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper

Pour 2 cups boiling water over loose orange pekoe tea or tea bags.
Stir in honey with pared zest and lemon juice.
Simmer 3 minutes, stirring just until honey melts.
Leave to infuse and cool.
Lay two boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a frying pan and strain tea mixture over.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cover, bring to boil and poach just below boiling on top of the stove, turning once, 20 to 30 minutes.
Remove chicken breasts when very tender if pierced with a two-pronged fork.
Turn heat to high and boil cooking liquid until reduced and starting to caramelize.
Replace chicken breasts and continue cooking, turning them so they become golden brown and coated with sauce, 2 to 3 minutes.
Serve warm or at room temperature, slicing to show the white meat inside.

donderdag 10 december 2009

Macha Shortbread

These cookies are sooo unhealthy but oh so nice!  (ofcourse you can always leave out thesprinkled sugar on top)


2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
½ cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
2 Tbsp macha (Japanese green tea powder)
1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup cornstarch


Preheat oven to 300 F.
In a bowl, whip together butter and sugar with electric mixer until soft and fluffy. 
Add macha (Japanese green tea) and mix until incorporated.
Add flour and cornstarch and mix well together. 
This should form a soft “dough.”
Place dough in 13x9-inch baking pan and spread out in an even layer. 
Sprinkle sugar on the surface as desired. 
Bake for about 40 minutes.
Let cool in pan and cut.

maandag 7 december 2009

Maghreb Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Maghreb Mint Chocolate Chip Tea Cookies 

“Tea is very versatile in the way it can be prepared. For this recipe I infused butter with tea to give the cookies their very special and exotic flavors. As you bite into these soft and chewy cookies, the first flavors are the very aromatic licorice root, cardamom and clove which are then followed by the sweetness of mint which lingers in your mouth. The best part about this recipe is that everyone has their favorite chocolate chip recipe! Simply infuse the butter and add to your own recipe.”

—Susana Mojica

3 sticks of butter
1 ounce (28 grams) of Rishi Tea Maghreb Mint green tea/Minty Green chai, dry
2 cups of unbleached flour
½ teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 large organic vegetarian cage-free eggs
1 cup of raw sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of organic brown sugar
1 bag of semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup of chopped walnuts

Directions for Magreb Mint infused butter: 
Over a very low flame, melt three sticks of butter in a pan.
Add one ounce of Maghreb Mint once butter is completely melted.
Simmer over low flame for about 30 minutes, monitoring closely so that the butter does not burn.
Strain tea from butter using infuser basket, cheese cloth, or strainer. 
You should have one cup of melted Maghreb Mint butter remaining for this recipe.
Allow butter to cool completely before using.

Directions for making cookies: 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In one bowl blend flour, salt and baking soda.
In a larger bowl, pour in the cup of Maghreb Mint butter; add eggs, beating well between each egg, then the vanilla, and beat mixture at a low speed until creamy.
Add flour, chocolate chips, and walnuts to mixture and stir until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
Drop batter by the spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 8-11 minutes or until golden brown.  Do not over bake.
Remove from oven and let cool before enjoying.

Makes approximately 30 cookies.

donderdag 3 december 2009

Tea with a twist

http://vintagetea.com/images/Tea_with_a_Twist_1.jpg You should all know by now that I am an absolute tea-freak.  One of the things I absolutely love when I am in the UK is hunt for special tea books.  One I recently bought is the book by Lisa Richardson: Tea with a twist.

Lisa Boalt Richardson

Tea lovers craving new and novel ideas for their next tea party will gladly put the kettle on...and the doilies away. There’s nothing old–fashioned here! Specialty tea expert and author Lisa Boalt Richardson inspires readers to set their tables for fun and serve up any of her eight contemporary tea parties. Stunning photographs by one of Atlanta’s leading photographers Lauren Rubinstein grace each page, enticing readers to indulge their guests and serve them fine tea in a fun style!

The parties are simple to put together. Each tea includes easy–to–follow instructions and budget–friendly tips for brewing specialty teas, preparing delicious recipes, and decorating tables. Whether the cook chooses to pour tall glasses of the unusual bubble tea for fun–loving friends or hot, exotic masala chai tea for those seeking an adventure, it’s certain that tea time has a new twist!

dinsdag 1 december 2009

Berry Good Chai Pie


To continue on the Chai theme ;-)  Try this yummy dessert with Chai concentrate and ripe, juicy strawberries. The fruit for the pie should be fresh, but you can use frozen berries for the glaze. The spiciness of the Chai complements the fresh fruit very nicely. 

1 pre-baked pie crust (plain, whole wheat, or graham cracker), cooled to room temperature
1 quart fresh whole strawberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries, crushed
1/2 cup Chai liquid concentrate, any flavour, any brand
2 Tablespoons  sweetener
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Cut the whole strawberries into thin slices and arrange the slices in the pie crust. 
Combine the crushed strawberries and Chai concentrate in a small saucepan. 
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook for two or three minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. 
In a small mixing bowl combine the sweetener and cornstarch and mix well. 
Strain the Chai mixture through a fine sieve into the bowl and blend thoroughly (a wire whisk works very well). Return this blend to the saucepan and cook over medium heat until it is clear and thickened, stirring constantly to prevent burning and sticking. 
Remove from heat and cool for five or ten minutes. 
Use a pastry brush to lightly coat the edges of the crust with glaze, then spoon the rest of the glaze evenly over the strawberries. 
Serve immediately, or chill briefly. 
This pie does not keep well, so serve it within a few hours of preparation. (The crust can be prepared in advance.)

zaterdag 28 november 2009

Tea- Marbled Eggs


3 cups water
8 small eggs (or 24 quail eggs)
4 tea bags of black tea or 2 tbs. of loose-leaf black tea, e.g. Keemun
1 tbs. salt 

Cover the eggs in a pot with cold water and bring to a boil, simmer for 10-12 minutes.
Remove eggs with slotted spoon, reserving the water.
Place eggs in cold water to cool and, when they're comfortable enough to handle, gently tap the eggs all over with the back of a teaspoon to make cracks.
Add tea leaves to the reserved water and then place the eggs back in gently and add the salt.
Simmer covered for an hour.
Take the pot off the stove and leave the eggs in tea water to soak for 30 more minutes.
Remove eggs and allow them to cool before removing the shells.
The eggs will then have a cobweb of brown lines not unlike those found on fine marble.
Halve them and sprinkle with paprika and minced parsley for added color.
If using smaller eggs, no garnish is necessary. 

vrijdag 27 november 2009

More Chai :-)


The Chai recipe I posted yesterday really started something :-)

So yes, please send me YOUR favorite Chai recipe too.

Debby Lovell has a wonderfyul recipe for Chai Meringues.

3 egg whites
1 c. granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer at low until they get foamy, then at high speed until they form stiff peaks.
You should be able to turn the bowl sideways without the egg whites moving.
Your bowl and beaters must be grease-free for this to work properly!
Gradually add sugar a little at a time while beating at high speed.
When all the sugar has been beaten in, the egg whites will look shiny.
Add the spices and beat in as briefly as possible.
Drop the mixture into small mounds on baking sheets that have been covered with foil or parchment paper.
Bake at 250 degree Farenheit for 90 minutes.
Turn off the oven and leave the meringues to sit.
Don't open the door!
Let them sit overnight (preferable) or at least until the oven cools.
Remove them from the foil and store in an airtight container.

For those Chai lovers amongst you who are still looking for the perfect Christmas present, have a look at this little gem:

Diana Rosen has done an excellent job of blending the romantic culture with the traditions of making and serving tea that transcends all classes and castes of the India subcontinent. After reading 'Chai' I ordered six more copies as gifts for my close friends. Everyone who enjoys a cup of tea, and what it can bring, will love this tasty and instructive book.

donderdag 26 november 2009



As winter draws near I am longing for a hot cup of Chai tea.

In many parts of the world, the word for tea is pronounced as "chai." 

The name Chai has also more popularly become known as a spiced tea-based beverage. You can find Chai offered hot or iced in many coffee houses, tea houses, and restaurants. And there are several brands of ready-made Chai as well as mixes and concentrates. But nothing tastes as good as making your own. It takes more time than using a mix, but the results are very much worth it. Soy milk tends to separate when boiled so I prefer rice milk, either in plain or vanilla flavour. Use the freshest spices -- you will definitely notice the difference in flavour and aroma. Adjust the quantity of each to suit your own taste. 

3 cups rice milk, plain or vanilla flavoured
3 cups water
sweetener of your choice
2 Tablespoons black tea leaves (try Assam or a breakfast blend)
1 two-inch or longer cinnamon stick
8 whole black peppercorns
2 whole cloves
4 cardamom seeds
1/4 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
2 whole allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mix the milk, water, sweetener, and tea leaves in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
As soon as the mixture boils, turn off the heat and stir in all the spices. 
Cover the pan and allow the tea and spices to steep for fifteen minutes. 
Remove the cover, stir, and heat again to a boil. 
Again as soon as it reaches the boil, remove from the heat. 
Pour the mixture through a fine strainer or sieve into a teapot or directly into individual teacups or mugs to serve. 
Can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days, and served chilled or reheated. 

dinsdag 24 november 2009

Banana Coconut tea loaf


For afternoon tea, slice the loaf and serve with almond butter and unsweetened fruit preserves. 
Nice lightly toasted, too. 
Accompany with a second-flush Darjeeling or a tippy full-leaf Assam.

3 cups unbleached or whole-wheat pastry flour, or a combination of the two
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons sunflower or other light oil
2 Tablespoons maple syrup or alternative liquid/syrupy sweetener
4 very ripe bananas, mashed well

Preheat oven to 350 deg F. Lightly oil and flour a loaf pan. Combine the flour, coconut, powder, and soda in a large mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients, mixing together well with a wooden spoon or your hands, as batter will be thick. Spread evenly into the loaf pan, smoothing the top. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into the middle comes out clean. Cool for at least twenty minutes before slicing and serving. You can leave the loaf in the pan or remove it to a serving dish or storage container.

donderdag 19 november 2009

Darjeeling: Sultan's Tea


The main problem with Dareeling tea is quantity: there will never be enough to satisfy demand. The region is small and produces much less per acre than Assam, for instance. It is colder and higher, growth is slow, and the crop devilishly difficult to harvest.

Even in a good year production amounts to only twenty two million pounds or so, less than one percent of all the tea India produces. Yet this is unquestionably India's best-known tea and the passionate aficionados of the Cult of Darjeeling are among the worlds most discriminating tea lovers.
Like the great Burgundy wines of France, Darjeeling teas often disappoint. In exceptional years, however, when a flavor unique to Darjeeling which cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world is pronounced, these teas are simply spectacular. In these favored years it takes no connoisseur to explain why the name Darjeeling deserves its fame.


Kanchenjunga, one of the world's tallest peaks, rises east of Darjeeling and is among its chief attractions. Mountain slopes of less than forty-five degrees are considered almost level by Darjeeling standards: planting on slopes up to sixty or seventy degrees is the rule, not the exception. These steep slopes provide natural drainage for the generous rainfall the mountainsides receive from seasonal monsoon winds. Tea will not grow at elevations much above six thousand feet. In these Himalayan foothills it is planted from approximately eighteen hundred to sixty-three hundred feet, which makes much Darjeeling pretty nearly mile-high grown tea. Each garden varies considerably in altitude and many a property could follow the example of Namring, which sells a Minting Upper to distinguish its higher-grown tea from the lower-grown Namring, tout court.
The higher it is grown, the thinner a tea's body and the more concentrated its flavor as a rule. Yet altitude is only one factor determining the quality of Darjeeling. The intermittent cloud and sunshine playing over the slopes make their contribution, as do exposure, that is, the direction a slope faces, and a host of other variables like the soil chemistry, temperature and rainfall unique to the area. Another-and more surprising-factor affecting tea taste is the wind.

An additional explanation for Darjeeling's uniqueness is the type of tea plants grown. Most are of the China or China-hybrid type, which are found almost nowhere outside China and Japan except in Darjeeling and the Caucasus. These plants are more resistant to cold than India's native hush, the Assam jat or type, but their yield is much lower and the leaf smaller. On China hush this small leathery leaf is a dark glossy green, often covered with silvery down.
Since the tender young shoots must be harvested as soon as they are ready, each bush on an estate must he hand-plucked every four to eight days throughout the growing season. A typical plant yields only about one hundred grams per year, that is, maybe four ounces, of made tea. This is less than a third the yield of Assam plants growing in the plains. Each kilogram of Darjeeling consists of over twenty thousand individual shoots; about half as many are required for the same weight of tea produced from the large-leaf Assam jat. Such figures serve to illustrate the extent of human effort that Darjeeling tea requires.

All Darjeeling is processed by the traditional Orthodox method of black tea manufacture, but today's teas are made in a different style from previous ones. As Prohibition destroyed the U.S. vine industry, World War II, and Indian independence soon after, unsettled Darjeeling's traditional ways. The style of teas produced there since the 1950s is widely attributed to the inspiration of German tea man Bernd Wulf. Today, individual Darjeeling teas are often as recognizably unique as human personalities. The different batches of fresh leaf brought to a factory require intricate variations in processing to realize their full potential. Each day's batch is plucked from a different section of the garden and is processed and packed as a separate "invoice." In less than twenty-four hours this batch of green leaf has been transformed into an invoice of "made tea" in chests, usually five to ten, which are then sold together as a single lot at auction. For tea professionals and connoisseurs, each invoice produced in the spring and summer has a separate and memorable personality. In response to growing appreciation, more and more retail shops and catalogs identify teas from Darjeeling for these discriminating consumers by garden name, flush, and even specific invoice number.

The character and quality of Darjeeling tea varies dramatically over the course of each year. Foliage functions as the skin of a plant. The texture and flavor of the tea leaf change continuously with the climate and season, even in the same sections in each plantation. In fact, these alter not just with the seasons but also week to week, day to day, and morning to evening, depending on the type of bush, the wind, humidity, sun and other factors already mentioned.

After a period of dormancy in winter months, Darjeeling's tea plants wake up in early March and begin putting forth the first new growth or "flush" of the year, delicate slender shoots with a glazed grey-green appearance. First Flush season often lasts into early May, though unseasonal rains sometimes render the whole crop a disaster. This crop's unique quality results from the leaf growing in intense sunshine but in the cold crystalline Himalayan air of early spring. These growing conditions make First Flush Darjeeling a puckery young tea, almost as light as any green but, unlike greens, flamboyantly aromatic. Infused leaf shows a pronounced lime greenish brightness. These are the Spring Teas, as they are also known, always amazingly fresh and flowery tasting. Amazingly astringent too, and easily oversteeped. I like them best after three minutes, or three and a half, seldom more. So delicate is First Flush Darjeeling that it especially well repays using water about thirty degrees below boiling, as in preparing green tea.

Incredible prices are paid at the Calcutta auctions each spring for the most stylish or prestigious invoices (lots of usually two to five chests) of Darjeeling's Spring teas. Throughout the '90s each year's priciest tea at auction regularly brought over US$500 per kilo. Except for certain rarities, Chinese and Taiwanese mostly, First Flush Darjeeling is the world's costliest tea. It is much sought after by wealthy Indian buyers, who must compete with brokers acting for German and Japanese importers and the occasional sultan as well.

woensdag 18 november 2009

Fruited couscous


If you've never tried couscous,  this might be just the dish to start with. 
Serve hot as a breakfast cereal or chilled for dessert. 
For breakfast, top with plain or vanilla soy milk or cultured soy "yoghurt." 
The tea I prefer for this dish is called Citrus Blend.   It is a black tea flavoured with the citrusy oils of bergamot, orange, and lemon, and it makes a delightful cuppa on its own. You can also use a regular Earl Grey, or even a plain black tea. Whichever you choose, steep the tea to normal strength rather than extra-strong so it doesn't overpower the other flavours.

1 cup regular-strength steeped tea
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup fresh or not-from-concentrate orange juice
1/2 cup raisins
1 ripe banana, sliced thinly
1/4 cup maple syrup or alternative syrupy/liquid sweetener
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup couscous, preferably whole wheat

Place all ingredients in a saucepan and stir. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest in the pan for about ten minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve hot, or transfer to an airtight container and chill several hours or overnight.

> Replace the cinnamon with 1 teaspoon vanilla.

dinsdag 17 november 2009

Applesauce tea loaf


What better for holiday tea times -- or any time -- than a fruity tea bread? Please note that if you use cranberries, you should look for the unsweetened kind. The ones you find in the supermarket are generally presweetened, so if you use them be sure to reduce the amount of added sweetener by up to a Tablespoon. A malty Assam or a black blended tea would complement this teatime treat.

2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup sunflower or other light oil
1 cup Sucanat® or alternate granulated sweetener of your choice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups unbleached or whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup seedless raisins, dried currants, or dried cranberries
Additional applesauce, optional

Preheat oven to 350 deg F. Prepare a loaf pan by lightly oiling and flouring. In large mixing bowl, stir together the applesauce, oil, sweetener, and vanilla. In a separate bowl or on a sheet of wax paper mix together the dry ingredients: flour, soda, and spices. Blend these into the wet ingredients with a wooden spoon, beating vigourously until smooth. Mix in the dried fruit, blending well to distribute evenly. Pour the batter into the loaf pan, smoothing the top with the spoon. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave the loaf in the pan to cool to room temperature before slicing. Serve topped with a spoonful or two of applesauce, if desired.

Letter to Santa

I came across this old letter onthe internet today. Since the Holiday Season is almost upon us, I just needed to share :-)

Dear Santa,

This year, my holiday wishes have changed.

I've decided not to ask for a puppy again (as this request has gone unrequited for our past two correspondences), but instead have found something even more desirable: tea. In the past year, I have discovered many interesting facts and fascinating stories about this delicious beverage, and am now officially hooked! In this letter, I hope to prove to you that tea is the perfect gift for me and everyone on your list this holiday season.

As I'm sure you know, Santa, the gift of tea is not a new idea. In the past, tea gifts have changed history, incited trends and made legends. According to one ancient Chinese legend, Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, presented tea as a gift to a devout farmer who diligently maintained her old, dilapidated temple.

Inside the temple was Kuan Yin's elegant iron statue to whom followers prayed for enlightenment. One day, however, the iron statue appeared to come alive. Shocked, the janitorial farmer fell to his knees and the goddess whispered," The key for your future is just outside this temple. Nourish it with tenderness; it will support you and yours for generations to come." Unable to contain his curiosity, he went outside and found a withered, straggly bush.

After much care, the bush grew rich and full, with thick green leaves. Experimenting, the farmer dried the leaves in a stone wok. They soon turned a smooth charcoal black, just like the statue of Kuan Yin. The nectar produced from leaves fired in this way was ambrosial and fragrant, like the finest blossoms. It was more delicious than any other drink that ever touched his lips. Thus, the magical Ti Kuan Yin - "the tea of Kuan Yin" - came into being.

Yet another excellent tea gift was given in 1660, when Charles II (referred to as the "Merry Christmas Monarch") brought the gift of tea to England. When he first married Portuguese Princess Catherine, they were forced to live in exile in Denmark (thanks to Oliver Cromwell). At that time in Denmark, tea was already enjoying widespread popularity and both Charles and Catherine were huge fans. When Cromwell misplaced his head, the couple was able to return to England. They brought a chest of tea with them, which was met with thirsty enthusiasm by the British court. This gift provoked the craze for tea in Great Britain (in which the English are still fully embroiled).

And let's not forget, Mr. Claus, about the most famous example of a monumental tea gift: the recipe for Earl Grey. Legend says that in 1830, an Englishman named Charles Earl Grey traveled on a diplomatic mission to China. During this time, he risked his life to save the drowning child of a Chinese noble. In return for his act of kindness, the mandarin presented him with the recipe for making this distinctive tea.

However, a few corrections are in order to present an accurate historical record (and to keep me off of your "naughty" list). Firstly, the Chinese have never been black tea drinkers, and were unlikely to have a recipe for Earl Grey to bestow on visitors. Secondly, Charles Earl Grey never set foot in China. Otherwise, the story is completely true.

As you can see, Santa, tea gifts have had a significant influence. So please keep this in mind when filling my stockings and bedecking my tree. I'm not saying, by any means, that I need a history-altering event; just a delicious drink that will both relax me through the holiday stress and warm me against winter's cold.

Don't worry- I'll be sure to leave out a few tea biscuits for you and Rudolph, just to remind you.

Still believing,
Age 25
December, 2004

woensdag 28 oktober 2009

Green Tea Halloween Sugar Cookies


If you liked the Green tea cake, I've got another spooky recipe for you.  You can bake round cookies, but if you use special halloween cookie cutters you really get some great shapes.

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp matcha
1/2 tsp non-aluminum baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
2-3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp granulated sugar

In large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in egg until well blended.
In a separate bowl combine flour, matcha, baking powder and salt; then, with mixer at low speed, beat into butter mixture to blend well. If mixture is a little dry, add 2-3 tablespoons milk until it comes together. Form dough into two balls. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm, at least an hour or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface and cut into shapes using cookie cutters. Sprinkle unbaked cookies with a little granulated sugar.
Place about 1–1/2 inches apart on ungreased, parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake 10–12 minutes. Cool on wire rack and store in an airtight container.

dinsdag 27 oktober 2009

Green Tea Cake


It's almost Halloween so what better than to serve a yummy GREEN cake :-)

4 eggs
1 3/4 c flour
1 1/2 c sugar
3/4 c butter
2 T green tea powder (Macha gives the best results - do NOT buy Sencha or you will not end up with a green cake)
1 T chocolate chips (optional)

Put butter in a bowl and stir until soft.
Add sugar, mix well.
Add eggs.
Sift flour and green tea powder together, add to mix, add chips if you want.
Place baking wax paper into medium loaf pan (I grease 3-4 mini loaf pans and make individual cakes instead).
Bake at 360 degrees (182 celsius) for 35 minutes.

vrijdag 23 oktober 2009

oatmeal chocolate chip honeybush cookies


I don't know why but come October and I seem to yearn for oatmeal cookies. These cookies are soft and full of oats and chocolate chips with the presence of honeybush tea to bring the other flavors together. I always tend to keep a few but since they are wonderful warm while the chocolate chips are still melty we never leave them to eat cooled as a snack.

1 cup walnut butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1/4 cup double strength honeybush tea, completely cooled
2 and 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup unbleached flour
1 tsp crushed honeybush tea leaves
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/3 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 and 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat over to 375 degrees.

In a bowl combine the oats, flour, tea leaves, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl beat walnut butter, brown sugar, and vanilla together.
Beat in the egg and the tea. Make sure the mixture is well beaten.

Add chocolate chips and part of the dry ingredients. Begin mixing again, add the rest of the dry ingredients a little bit at a time, just until combined.

Drop small rounded spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press the dough to about 1/2 inch.

Bake at 375 for about 10 to 12 minutes.
Do not over bake these cookies.

When done cool on wire rack, and enjoy.

Store in an airtight contairer, but they are best the day they are made.

woensdag 21 oktober 2009

Earl Grey tea

Any Star Trek fan knows that Captain Picard drinks Earl Grey tea (hot!). Well, lots of other people drink Earl Grey too. It's one of the most popular and best known kinds of tea in the Western world.

First of all, Earl Grey tea was indeed named after the second Earl Charles Grey of Britain back in the 1830s. Though proof is scarce, he is traditionally credited with the creation of this blended tea. Charles Grey was prime minister from 1830-1834, during which time the act was passed to abolish slavery in the British Empire. Seems like quite an accomplishment, yet most people know him for his wonderful tea instead.

Contrary to popular belief, Earl Grey is not a kind of tea at all. It's actually plain black tea, infused with the citrus flavour of bergamot (similar to orange blossoms). This gives a bright, tart and refreshing tea that is unlike other black teas.

While the term 'orange pekoe' is all about the quality and grade of a tea, Earl Grey tea is not necessarily a high quality tea. Since the taste of bergamot is quite strong, it is often used to mask the lack of flavour from poor quality black tea. When shopping for Earl Grey, make sure to double-check the grade of the tea before making your choice.

Earl Grey tea is a favorite in Britain and in North America, and you can be sure to find it on the menu at any tea room, or in any supermarket.

maandag 19 oktober 2009

Savory Tea Scones


Submitted by: Ann Weekley

This is a healthy recipe as olive oil substitutes for the usual butter, oatmeal gives a rustic texture and Pu Erh adds a subtle but earthy flavor.

Dry ingredients:
One cup quick oats
Two tablespoons of honey
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 heaping tablespoon of Pu Erh tea

To this add:
2 eggs
10 tablespoons of olive oil
2/3 cup buttermilk.
In a 400 degree oven toast oats for 8-10 minutes. Mix dry ingredients thoroughly. To the dry ingredients add the eggs, oil and buttermilk. Stir just till ingredients are moistened. Let stand for five minutes.
Pat the dough into two six inch rounds, cut each round into six wedges. Brush the top with a little olive oil. Bake for 16-18 minutes in the 400 degree oven.

donderdag 8 oktober 2009

Oatmeal tea Muffins



3/4 cup milk
3 honey-orange teabags
1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup old-fashioned oats
3/4 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 cup raisins


In a small saucepan, heat milk just to the simmer. Off heat, add the teabags, submerging them completely. Set mixture aside to cool. When cool, remove teabags, squeezing them to remove liquid.
Adjust rack to lower third of oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease and flour 12 muffin cups.

In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the oats and brown sugar. In a small bowl, combine the steeped tea milk, oil, and eggs. With a rubber spatula, make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid mixture. Stir the ingredients together just to moisten and combine. Do not overmix or the muffins will be tough and coarse in texture. Spoon thick batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each one 3/4 full. Bake 20 minutes or until muffin springs back when lightly pressed in center. Cool on wire rack for about 5 minutes before carefully removing from pan. Serve warm, if desired.

zaterdag 3 oktober 2009

Blueberry Tea Cake



1 cup milk
3 orange-spice teabags
2 cups sifted flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup fresh blueberries, room temperature


In a small saucepan, heat milk just to the simmer. Off heat, add the teabags, submerging them completely. Set mixture aside to cool. When cool, remove teabags, squeezing them to remove liquid.

Adjust rack to lower third of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-inch square cake pan.

Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt. Using an electric mixer at medium speed, cream the shortening and the sugar to blend thoroughly. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the flour mixture alternately with the steeped tea-flavored milk mixture in three or four additions.

Fold in blueberries and spoon batter into pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly pressed in center. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes before inverting.

donderdag 1 oktober 2009

Pumpkin/Chocolate Chip Tea Cookies


Since it's pumpkin season I'd like to share this yummy recipe for Tea Cookies

Submitted by:
Ann Allison

Adding Irish Breakfast Tea does not alter the taste much but certainly helps to make a much more moist cookie which is an excellent choice to accompany a nice hot cup of Irish Breakfast Tea.
1 cup cooked pumpkin
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 egg
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1/4 cup
steeped, warm Irish Breakfast Tea
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Mix all except the last two ingredients which are added last. Drop by teaspoonsful on parchement lined cookie sheets. Bake in pre-heated 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes about 4 dozen soft cookies.
They freeze very well.
The traditional British Afternoon Tea can still be enjoyed in the elegant and grand surroundings of the country's finest hotels and restaurants. This site will help you to find the perfect Afternoon Tea location and provide all the information you need to make your visit as comfortable as possible - what time is tea served, what should I wear, how much will it cost?


woensdag 23 september 2009

Simply relax ...

The Silver Needle Murder is a solid addition to the tea shop mystery series by Laura Childs. Although I figured out who did it fairly early into it, I did not find guessing distracted from my enjoyment. I read this series more for the descriptions of Charleston and the wonderful food served at the Indigo Tea Shop as well as the interaction between Theo, Drayton, and Haley. You sometimes wonder how they manage to run that tea shop and have a finger in every pot of Charleston activities!

Here's more books from the series :-)

ENJOY!! I always do :-)

woensdag 16 september 2009

Pumpkin and Prune Tea Bread

makes 2 loaves

3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 scant tsp ground clove
1 generous tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg (freshly ground if you can)
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
zest of 1/2 orange
16 ounces pumpkin puree
12 prunes steeped in Mighty Leaf Orange Dulce tea (or any other orange-black tea)

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour two loaf pans.
Sift flour, baking soda, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
Combine sugar and oil and beat with a handmixer or in a stand mixer for about 2 minutes, until well combined and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating all the while, 3 to 5 minutes in total. Add pumpkin, and orange zest and beat one minute more.
Add flour mixture in 3 additions. Once mixed, divide batter between the two loaf pans.
Drain prunes. Without drying, add the prunes to the top of the breads. Make sure to bruise them up a little (without pulling them to pieces) so the juice runs out and into the batter.
Bake for 60-70 minutes, checking that a toothpick comes out clean when done.

woensdag 9 september 2009

Butterscotch Breakfast Buns

A sweet yet savoury bun, perfect for a quick breakfast.

3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of rolled oats
2 tsp of salt
1 1/2 cups of Pu Erh tea, lukewarm
1 tbsp yeast
1 oz of honey
1 oz of olive oil
1 oz of dried milk powder
Zest of 3 lemons
1 cup of sugar
1 cup water
1 stick of butter, in chunks
Brew tea and allow to cool to a slightly warm temperature, then add yeast and let sit for 10 minutes (if the tea is too hot it will kill the yeast!).
Mix flour, oats, and salt.
Add the tea/yeast mixture, honey, olive oil, milk powder and zest. Work into a dough and knead until it is smooth.
Place the dough in a well oiled bowl and cover for one hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In an oven proof skillet, add the water and sugar and bring to a boil without stirring.
When the sugar reaches a golden brown colour, whisk in the butter until smooth.
Roll the dough into a log and cut into 12 buns. Place the buns into the butterscotch sauce in the pan.
Place the skillet into the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

dinsdag 25 augustus 2009

Jasmine Shortbread

Submitted by: Cordelia Stipe

Great for afternoon tea or coffee. Also a great addition to a food gift basket.

* 4 sticks (1 lb.) unsalted butter, softened
* 1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
* 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
* 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
* 3/4 tsp. salt
* 2 Tbsp. jasmine tea, finely chopped or ground
* 1 Tbsp. freshly grated orange zest (optional)

Place butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium speed until fluffy. Add vanilla, flour and salt. Beat on low speed until well combined. Stir in the tea and, if desired, orange zest. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces; press each into a flat disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill 30 minutes (or up to 1 day).

Preheat oven to 300oF; place rack in center of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove one disc from refrigerator and let it warm 10-15 minutes. Unwrap and roll out the dough, on plastic wrap, with lightly floured rolling pin to about 1/4' thick. Dip cookie cutter into flour to keep it from sticking. Cut out and transfer with a spatula to prepared pan (I prefer a round, scalloped edge cutter). Bake until edges are golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer cookie sheet to cooling rack. When cool, peel off parchment paper; cookies may be kept at room temperature, in an airtight container, up to 10 days.

Any unused dough may be frozen for up to 2 weeks.

donderdag 18 juni 2009

Jasmine Cheesecake

Submitted by: Anna Blatz

Classic New York cheesecake infused with jasmine tea, served with a raspberry/jasmine sauce.

1 pound cream cheese
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons tea, jasmine, whole leaf, dry
1 tablespoon cornstarch, optional
3 large eggs
3 tbs and 1 tsp jasmine tea, brewed strong
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups sour cream
3/4 cup shortbread cookies, crushed
1/2 cup butter, melted

24 ounces raspberries, frozen
2 teaspoons jasmine tea, moderate strength
2/3 cup sugar, optional

At least 24 hours in advance: Mix 2 cups of sugar with 2 tbs. jasmine tea leaves. Seal airtight, and let infuse until ready to use. This will provide enough sugar for the cheesecake and sauce.

Butter and line with paper an 8 in spring form pan. Wrap the outside well in two layers of foil, and set in a pan deep enough hold 1 inch of water. Toss short bread crumbs with butter, and pat into bottom and slightly up sides of the pan. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Sift sugar to remove tea leaves (if desired). In a large mixing bowl, beat togther cream cheese and sugar and salt until very smooth. Beat in cornstarch, if using. Beat in eggs one at at time, scraping sides of bowl down between each egg and beating thoroughly between each addition. Add the tea and vanilla, and beat well. Finally, beat in sour cream until just blended.

Pour batter into prepared springform pan, and pour very hot water into larger pan until it comes 1 inch up the sides of the spring form. Bake for 45 minutes, then turn oven off - do not open to check during baking. Let the cheesecake rest in the oven for one hour with out opening, then remove it from the water bath, and let cool on a rack for another hour. Refrigerate overnight.


In a fine mesh sieve over a deep bowl, allow raspberries to thaw completely. Press out as much juice as possible, and carefully cook down to 1/4 cup. Push crushed rasperries through the finest sieve or mill screen you have to remove as many seeds as possible. You should have about 1 cup of puree. Mix puree with the reduced juices and tea, and taste for sweetness - adjust with remaining infused sugar. A few drops of lemon juice may also be used if desired.

Unmold the cheesecake carefully, and serve with raspberry jasmine sauce.

woensdag 27 mei 2009

Darjeeling Chai Oatmeal

Submitted by: Kelly Brainard

Oatmeal cooked with Darjeeling and chai spices.

3 Tablespoons Darjeeling #22
2 1/2 Cups boiling water
3/4 Cup McCann's Steel Cut Quick & Easy Oats
1/4 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 Teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 Teaspoon ground ginger powder
1/4 Teaspoon sea salt
pinch ground cloves
2 pieces whole star anise
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey (to taste)
Milk for serving

Brew very strong darjeeling with the tea and water, steep less that 5 minutes to avoid bitterness.
Put 2 1/4 cups of the tea in a saucepan, bring to boil and add oatmeal and then spices, stir.
Cover and reduce heat to low, stir occasionally for 5-7 minutes. Add honey to taste.
Serve with plenty of milk!

maandag 25 mei 2009

With thanks to Brenda Coulter

Preparing and Serving

A Proper An English bone china teapot stands ready to serve an elegant afternoon tea.
Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is a wonderful way to entertain because virtually all of the work can be done in advance. Even the sandwiches can be made a couple of hours ahead and kept, covered with a damp tea towel, in the refrigerator until needed. If you plan carefully, there's no reason why you can't have an hourlong soak in the tub before your guests arrive. You'll be wonderfully relaxed and you'll enjoy your tea party as much as your guests will.

Remember, afternoon tea is all about fun, both for your guests and for you. So don't sweat the details. Do the best you can with whatever you have to work with, and you'll have a wonderful party.

You may wish to begin with a small party, inviting just two or three women friends. But be warned: when you and your guests find out how much fun this is, you'll want to make a habit of it!

Now you have all sorts of decisions to make, and part of the fun is in the planning. So strain your brain and get creative. Ready?

When and where will you serve the tea?

The traditional time for afternoon tea is anywhere between 3:30 and 5:00. Any earlier is too close to lunch and anything later will require the more substantial "high" tea. (Which can also be quite elegant, but which will require you to provide an actual meal for your guests.)

I like to serve tea at 3:30 on a Sunday afternoon. That's when most of my friends are likely to be available. And since I enjoy inviting women only, I need to catch them well before their family dinner hours.

In winter you may choose to serve an intimate fireside tea. In the summer you might want to offer tea in your garden. I like the dining room for tea because it's easier to set and clear the table, but tea can be served just about anywhere. Just pick a pretty, comfortable spot. Make sure you have enough seating for your guests, plus plenty of table space, not just for displaying and serving your treats, but for the guests to rest their teacups and saucers. (Please don't expect your guests to balance a cup and saucer on one knee and a napkin and plate on the other! They'll be too worrried about accidents to have a good time.)

Let's talk about tablesettings.

Yes, you can set a pretty tea table on a tight budget. Just use your imagination and plan ahead. Scour flea markets for cheap treasures like old, slightly faded china cups and saucers, or maybe some cake plates. (I have seen English bone china cups and saucers go for as little as $12. If you collect teacups one at a time, as I did over a period of several years, it can become an inexpensive and satisfying hobby. You'll learn a lot about china as you scout for bargains.)

Don't be afraid to borrow your mom's linen napkins or your neighbor's cream-and-sugar set, or your best friend's treasured teaspoons. (You'll be inviting these ladies to the party, right?)

Your tea table is the perfect place to mix and match china and linens. There are no rules, except that you should always make it "pretty." I like to use crisp white linens and my white-on-white china luncheon plates because my teacups are all one-of-a-kind. The different sizes and shapes and floral patterns work beautifully against the white tablecloth, napkins, and plates.

Serving plates can also be mixed and matched. Vary their shapes and sizes and especially their heights to give your tea table a charming look. Also, consider lining your serving plates with paper doilies. They're inexpensive, and they'll dress up even an ordinary plate. (By the way, this is the only paper product I like to see on a tea table. Please don't use paper napkins, I don't care how pretty they are!)

Apart from a teapot, a sugar bowl, a creamer, and the serving dishes, you'll need the following: a cup and saucer, a teaspoon, a napkin, and a small plate for each guest. (Forks may be required, too, depending on what you serve, and knives will be needed for spreading jam on scones.)

What will you serve? (And how will you serve it?)

While afternoon tea fare can be as simple as a wedge of cake or a couple of cookies, it usually consists of three courses. Here is the proper order of service:

Begin by pouring a cup of tea for each of your guests. This is the part where you get to say fun things like, "one lump or two?" and "would you care for any lemon?" Add whatever is desired, then place a teaspoon on the saucer and pass the tea to your guest. (She gets to stir her own tea.)

When everyone has a cup of tea, pass plates of sandwiches and savory foods such as mini-quiches or tiny mushroom turnovers. Don't be in a hurry to offer seconds, as you won't want your guests to fill up before dessert, but be sure to pour more tea as needed. Teacups are usually quite small, and most people are used to drinking out of deep mugs.

When plates are empty, progress to the "bread" course, which is usually scones, although you might choose to offer some type of muffin or a not-too-sweet tea bread. Scones are always served with jam. Strawberry preserves are traditional, and have the advantage of being universally liked. You might also offer very thick, unsweetened whipped cream, the American version of that British treat, clotted cream. (Many specialty markets carry small jars of "Devonshire" cream in their dairy cases. It's expensive, but delicious. Try it if you have the chance.)

Next comes dessert, which traditionally includes one showstopping cake or torte--on a pedestal server if you can manage it--and two or three small, delectable sweets.

And that's it. Simple.

Be sure to have everything set out when your guests arrive. Not only will your friends enjoy looking at the treats, but you won't be dashing back and forth to the kitchen for any reason except to make another pot of tea. (Be prepared to make several pots of tea. Your guests will linger.)

Menu suggestions.

Remember that afternoon tea is a light refreshment, not a meal. It is not necessary to provide anything more than two or three sandwiches, some scones or perhaps a tea bread, and three or four sweets. Here is what I would suggest for a very simple, inexpensive, easy-to-prepare (but still elegant!) afternoon tea:

Brenda's Favorite Afternoon Tea Menu

Cucumber sandwiches
(on thin white bread, cut into hearts or circles)

Chicken-salad sandwiches
(on dark bread, cut into triangles or "fingers")

Scones with strawberry preserves & unsweetened whipped cream

Assorted cookies
Cheesecake squares or lemon bars
Chocolate-dipped strawberries or cherries
A frosted layer cake or fancy torte

Earl Grey tea

This will do nicely for a first tea party with three or four guests. Next time, and especially if you invite more guests, you may wish to expand the menu by adding another sandwich, some kind of savory pastry, a tray of beautiful petits fours, a dish of fine chocolates, and so on. Just remember to keep most of the offerings "sample-size." Sandwiches should be no more than two or three bites each. Cookies should be small and dainty.

If you don't bake or if you are pressed for time, check out the offerings at your local bakery and plan your menu accordingly. While "homemade" is certainly economical, purchased goodies can be just as much a treat. They often look fancier, too. (I generally use a combination of home-baked and bakery goods.)

Tea sandwiches are always crustless, and can be open-faced, if you like, with a pretty garnish on top. They are most often cut into triangles or "fingers," but you can use cookie cutters to make hearts and other interesting shapes. Be sure to use at least one white bread and one dark, for variety.

What kind of tea should you serve? Earl Grey is particularly well-suited to the light, sweet fare of afternoon tea, and most people enjoy it.

Three more things...

Are you concerned about wasting all those breadcrusts you're trimming for the tea sandwiches? Don't worry. They'll make a great bread pudding. Or you could toast them in a bit of olive oil with some garlic and make croutons for salad. And you can always turn them into breadcrumbs for meatloaves and casseroles.

Have you seen those adorable sugar cubes with tiny decorations on them? They're beautiful, but if you choose to serve them to your guests, be sure to try them out first. Although they're supposed to be edible, often the decoration doesn't dissolve, and you're left with awful little lumps in the bottom of your teacup. (And do think carefully about putting something like that on the table if you're not planning to put them in the tea. It's a little awkward to say, "Sorry, those are just for show.")

You've seen it a hundred times in those "Victorian" women's magazines: a split scone filled with jam and a generous dollop of luscious-looking cream, it's jaunty little "lid" perched deliciously on top. Yes, it looks wonderful, but just imagine biting into one of those things. (Where do the jam and cream go? All over you!) It is not correct to serve scones that way. Serve them plain, and allow your guests to split them and spread jam--and cream, if they like--on one half at a time.

zondag 17 mei 2009

Darjeeling Sugar Cookies

Submitted by: Fox Mackenzie

Delicious and easy, this recipe adds a little second-flush update to traditional sugar cookies.

Sugar cookie mix (I use Betty Crocker brand)
1 stick butter, melted
Five heaping teaspoons darjeeling #22

Melt butter in a bowl.
Pour three tablespoons of the darjeeling into the butter while still hot, allow to steep ten minutes.
In a large bowl, pour out the powdered mix, gradually adding the melted butter while holding back the tea with a slotted spoon.
Use a mortar and pestle (you can also chop fine with a knife or put tea in a ziploc bag and tap with a mallet) to grind the remaining two teaspoons of tea into a powder. Add tea powder to cookie mix and butter, stir well.
Make cookies as directed on package mix, cool, then eat - yummy and full of tea goodness!

zaterdag 16 mei 2009

Ceylon french toast

Submitted by: Genevieve Waters

This thick sliced French Toast, is soft and allows for a melding of Ceylon Sonata Tea and spices. Oh, and it is dairy free!

2 fresh eggs
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/3 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1/3 tsp finely crushed Ceylon Sonata Tea leaves
1 tsp sugar (optional)
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Vanilla soymilk
1/3 cup double strength Ceylon Sonata
Thickly sliced bread, depending on the size 3-6 slices (I use a 10 inch round of white bread, sliced about 3/4in thick).
A small amount of oil for coating pan( I use hazelnut).
Fresh fruit
Pure maple syrup

Preheat a cast iron skillet to med heat.
In a dish wide enough to fit the bread, beat both eggs well.
Add cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, crushed tea, vanilla, and sugar.
Beat well.
Add double strength tea and soymilk.
Beat again.
Dip bread into mixture and flip once or twice.
Cook on a very lightly oiled cast iron skillet, about 3 min on each side or until cooked. Your stove may be different.

Top with fresh fruit and/or pure maple syrup.

woensdag 13 mei 2009

HoneyBush Biscuits

Submitted by: Michelle Fischer

the most delicious biscuits you'll ever try! Simple easy and enjoy! Just the right hint of honey flavor from the honey bush tea

2 cup flour
4.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp butter or olive oil spread
1/3 very strong brew honeybush tea
1/3 buttermilk plus 2 tbsp

Preheat oven 400

mix dry ingredients in bowl

In med bowl, cut up butter into small pieces
gradually mix in tea & buttermilk, careful not to over mix it, you want a flaky type biscuit

add dry ingredients slowly stir constant

If dough has pulled together into one soft ball then it's perfect. If not ass a tad bit more liquid to form that soft dough ball

gently knead on a well floured board or counter
roll out with fingertips to about 1/2 inch thickness or so.. cut into round shapes with cutter or be creative and cut out different shapes..
place on ungreased baking pan or sheet

Optional: sprinkle top of biscuit prior to baking with some honeybush tea crumbs from brewing if so desired

bake approx 12-15 mins depending on your oven until the top is slightly golden

serve warm and enjoy with your favorite tea!

dinsdag 12 mei 2009

cranberry/pumpkin bread

moist and delicious and great for breakfast.

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 TBLSP pumpkin pie spice
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
4 large eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup orange juice or water
1/4 cup very strong brewed cranberry tea
1 cup sweetened dried, fresh or frozen cranberries

(makes 2 loaves )
Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans.

Combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
Combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil , tea and juice in another large mixer bowl, beat until just blended. Add pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until blended. mix in the cranberries and pour into 2 loaf pans and bake.

Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 15 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

vrijdag 8 mei 2009

Jasmine Bread Pudding

Delicious creamy Bread pudding with just a hint of Jasmine

Prep Time: 1 hour
Serving Size: 6-8

* 8-10 slices of bread cubed
* 2 can of Condensed milk
* 1/4 cup of jasmine tea
* 1/2 stick butter
* 1/2 cup whipping cream

lightly grease pan. Arrange bread slices. In a seperate bowl mix tea, jasmine and 1/4 cup whipping cream. Add liquid to bread. Bake in over at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

Mix condsensed milk and remaining whipping cream and butter over heat until until bubbly. Poor over bread pudding to serve.

donderdag 26 maart 2009

Blooming teas

We have added some unique white teas to our selection. NOW available in Lady of Kincavel.

maandag 23 maart 2009

Sour Cherry and Green Tea Granité

By Aida Mollenkamp

You do have to turn on the stove for this, but trust us when we say it’s worth it. The tart cherry juice and green tea make for a less sweet version of this summertime refresher.

3 cups sour cherry juice, such as R.W. Knudsen’s
Juice of 1 medium lemon
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 green-tea bags, or 2 tablespoons loose green tea
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

Bring cherry juice, lemon juice, and sugar to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved, then remove from heat.
Stir in green tea and ginger; let steep for 15 minutes.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a shallow glass baking dish and cool to room temperature.
Freeze until mixture begins to get icy around the edges, about an hour.
Rake through mixture with a fork to break up the ice.
Return to the freezer and repeat until mixture is completely frozen and grainy, about 5 hours.

vrijdag 20 maart 2009

Golden Monkey Chocolate Chip Scones

Submitted by: Vanessa McDonough

A delicious yet easy treat that combines the chocolate hints of Golden Monkey tea and semi-sweet chocolate chips; a delicious compliment to a warm cup of Golden Monkey tea!

1/4 cup brewed Golden monkey tea, double-stregth, cooled
3 tablespoons heavy cream (separated)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten separately
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups baking mix
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup white baking chips
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, combine tea (cooled), 2 tablespoons of the cream, 1 egg, and vanilla extract; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine baking mix, sugar, white baking, and chocolate chips.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and work into a crumbly dough.
On a lightly floured surface, form dough into a 9-inch disk (approximately 1/2-inch thick).
Cut into 12 wedges and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine remaining 1 tablespoon cream and remaining beaten egg.
Brush tops of scones with egg mixture and sprinkle with sanding sugar, if desired.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

woensdag 18 maart 2009

Darjeeling Lemon Loaf

Submitted by: Lois Matheson

This Darjeeling Lemon Loaf is light and airy and perfect to serve at a cozy tea party gathering of friends or simply enjoyed with a cup of Darjelling tea after a long day.

Bake loaf 45-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

1/4 Cup of Light Cream
1/4 Cup of Darjeeling #22 Tea
1 and 1/2 Cups of Sifted Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Cup Superfine Sugar
1/2 Cup (1 Stick) Butter @ Room Temperature
2 Large Eggs
2 Teaspoons Lemon Rind, Grated Fine
1/2 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds (Optional)
4 Tablespoons Powedered Sugar (Optional)

Combine Light Cream and the Darjeeling Tea in a small saucepan.
Heat over medium heat until bubbles form around the edges, keeping the mixture below the boiling point.
Remove from the heat and let cool for 15 minutes. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine Flour, Baking Powder and Salt. Set aside.
In a separate large bowl, cream together the Superfine Sugar and Butter.
Add Eggs, one at a time, creaming well after each addition.
Alternate adding the Tea infused Light Cream and Flour mixture, stirring well after each addition.
Add Lemon Rind (and Poppy Seeds if desired) and stir until well blended.
Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes.
Remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack.
Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar, if desired.

This Tea Loaf is wonderful served with a bit of English Clotted Cream and Preserves!

dinsdag 17 maart 2009

Masala Chai Smoothie

Submitted by: Sheri Olson

Cool Refreshing Chai smoothie

1 cup brewed Masala Chai tea
1 cup vanilla ice cream or Hagendaz green tea ice cream
1 cup ice cubes
cold milk

brew 2 tsp Masala Chai with one cup boiling water
Add 1 cup ice cubes
pour into blender and add ice cream.
Thin with cold milk if necessary.
Serve immediately

zaterdag 14 maart 2009

donderdag 12 maart 2009

tea at the Ritz

Afternoon tea is the english meal-time institution, a social as well as a culinary event.

It is precisely this atmosphere which is embodied in the Palm Court Tearoom at the Ritz in London, which for many years has been one of the most delightful and traditional places to take tea.

The London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea captures the essence of this traditional British occasion and provides the reader with all the Ritz expertize in the ceremony as well as over 50 recipes, illustrated with passages from Dickens to Oscar Wilde and charming drawings.

About the Author
After five years at Oxford, where she gained a M. Litt. degree for a thesis called Unreasonable Laughter in Restoration Comedy, Helen Simpson won the Vogue Talent Contest.the next five years have been spent working at Vogue, writing about travel, shops and food, as well as interviews and fictions.

Order the books by clicking on the link

And if you visit Lonon you simply MUST get this book too!