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Bake Me, I’m Irish: 5 Tea-Infused Treats for St. Patrick’s Day

February 26, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Saturday, March 17.  In addition to wearing green and waving the Irish flag, try baking one of these tea-infused Irish treats to get in the mood for this festive holiday. Tea is hugely important to Irish culture, with black Irish teas filling many a cuppa in the country. Take one of these recipes for a whirl and prepare to be delighted this St. Patrick’s Day:

1) Earl Grey and Currant Scones with Vanilla Bean Glaze

This recipe from Bake From Scratch uses loose-leaf earl grey tea in the scone batter for a winning dose of bitterness. Currents provide fruity texture in each scone, while a vanilla bean glaze tops each one for an extra serving of sweetness.

2) Irish Soda Bread with Tea-Infused Raisins

This recipe from Anson Mills adds a cool twist on classic Irish soda bread: black tea-infused raisins. For centuries, soda bread has been a staple for the Irish everyman. This recipe updates it slightly, with the authors describing it as “a fine, moist, rugged country bread.” They elaborate: “Deep nuttiness, faint fruit, and a satisfying array of toasted whole bran and chisel flavors emerge from handmade whole grain rustic graham flour, while pastry flour lightens the bread’s texture and flavors the crumb with a faux butteriness.” The tea-infused raisins add welcome flavor and texture. Eat plain, or top with butter for a delicious, traditional snack!

3) Double Chocolate Irish Tea-Infused Oat Muffins

This recipe from Half Baked Harvest is a great way to bring Ireland’s fame for oats into the dessert space. Begin by steeping 2 black tea bags in coconut milk. Combine the tea-infused coconut milk with wet ingredients eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, and oil. Then mix with dry ingredients: steel cut oats, oat flour, rye flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Fold in chopped dark chocolate, and then bake. Drizzle with honey and serve with butter for two yummy finishing touches.

4) Gur Cake

Gur cake is a traditional Irish dessert associated with Dublin. It’s a treat that features a thick layer of filling in between two thin layers of pastry crust. Stale bread is soaked in tea to make the pastry. The cake gets  its name from the term gurrier, used to describe poor children to whom a bakery’s leftovers would be given. These gurriers would transform stale bread into a sweet treat: gur cake. This recipe from Wholesome Ireland offers one classic gur cake recipe. Perfect for frugal bakers!

5) Tea Shortbread Coins        

Shortbread is as classic as it gets when it comes to Irish desserts. Here, Thirsty For Tea blogger Bonnie Eng offers three different shortbread recipes, each made with a different type of tea: Earl Grey, Matcha, or Irish Breakfast. For the Irish Breakfast tea variation, Eng blends Irish tea with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, black pepper, and nutmeg for a Masala Chai Shortbread. On the variations, Eng says, “While Earl Grey Shortbread is fragrant and full of vanilla goodness, the matcha version is bittersweet and earthy. Masala Chai Shortbread is a yummy choice when you’re craving a touch of warm spice. And of course, you can’t go wrong with dipping or drizzling any of these with chocolate! Rich and buttery, these shortbread cookies make a great hostess gift for your St. Patrick’s Day party host, or a great way to celebrate Ireland all on your own.

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7 Tea-Infused Brownie Recipes for the Holidays

December 12, 2017

The winter holidays are upon us, and if you’re looking for the perfect treat to bring to the office holiday party, your family’s Hanukah celebration, or your BFF’s Christmas soiree, we’ve got the perfect idea: tea-infused brownies.  A twist on the classic crowd-pleaser, tea-spiked brownies are comfort food taken to the next, on-trend level.  Bake a batch of one of these recipes to get the party going:

1. Frosted Earl Grey Brownies with Rose Petals

This brownie recipe from Snixy Kitchen uses buckwheat flour to make it gluten-free and earl grey tea for a citrusy infusion. The author touts the product as “chewy, fudgy, and cakey all at once.” Topped with earl grey frosting and rose petals, these sweet treats are also picture-perfect. If your party is Christmas-themed, opt for red petals for an on-theme choice.

2. Brown Butter Chai Tea Brownies

This recipe from One Sweet Mess promises brownies that are “supremely rich, perfectly dense, and loaded with bittersweet chocolate.” The brownies get flavors of vanilla and orange from chai tea, and cashews give them a wonderfully nutty texture and a great mouthfeel.

3. Thai Tea Skillet Brownies

This recipe from Miss Hangry Pants—best blog name ever?—uses Thai tea to spice things up. Loose Thai tea leaves infuse butter that combines with melted chocolate chips, flour, and sweetened condensed milk, among other ingredients. Batter is poured into personal-sized cast-iron skillets for a fun take on form. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or less if you want the center to be gooey. Grab a spoon and dig in.  Great if you’re attending or hosting an intimate affair.

4. Tea Infused Raw Chocolate Brownies

This recipe from Sugar and Cinnamon is gluten free, vegan, and refined sugar-free, making these brownies a smart indulgence for any party-goer. Start by soaking apricots in strongly brewed black tea, then blend with dates, walnuts, and cocoa powder. Press into a pan and chill for 4 hours or more, then slice and dust with icing sugar. Certainly unique and fruity, these brownies will be a great, guilt-free conversation starter.

5. Matcha Cheesecake Swirled Dark Chocolate Brownies

This recipe from The Baking ChocolaTess delivers gorgeous swirls of chocolate, matcha, and cheesecake right to your mouth. The author uses Tenzo Tea Matcha Powder for an earthy, green infusion that looks great visually and pairs well with sweet chocolate and cream cheese.  Yum!

6. Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies

This recipe from Honest Cooking uses peppermint green tea to pack in extra flavor. Peppermint extract and cream cheese combine with egg and sugar for the cream cheese component, while the brownie batter uses Celestial Seasoning’s Candy Cane Lane—a decaffeinated green tea that boasts flavors of peppermint, vanilla, and cinnamon—for a fun twist.

7. Green Tea White Chocolate Brownies

This recipe from Glazed & Confused merges white chocolate and matcha for the win. The author promises the brownies will taste “fudgy, yet totally refreshing” and that “the chunks of white chocolate are a perfectly rich compliment to the light matcha flavor.” Dust with confectioner’s sugar for a picture-perfect, snowy finish.

 

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7 Tea-Infused Cupcake Recipes for the Holidays

December 12, 2017

With Hanukah and Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to get in the kitchen and bake something delicious for that party you’re hosting or the gathering you’re attending.  A good host provides plenty of options, and a good guest never shows up empty-handed.  We’ve got you covered either way.  Bake one or all of these tea-infused cupcake recipes and you’ll be providing party guests with a unique, satisfying dessert that makes for a memorable, merry experience:

1. Earl Grey Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream

This recipe from Foodie With Family infuses cupcake batter with earl grey tea. If you want extra earl grey flavor, the author recommends replacing the heavy cream in the buttercream icing with earl grey-infused milk. Moist cupcakes topped with fluffy icing? Party hit, coming through!

2. Green Tea Cupcakes

This recipe from Honest & Truly packs green tea flavor into each cupcake and into the matcha buttercream frosting that gorgeously crowns each one. The author says the cupcakes themselves have just “a hint of green tea flavor, but nothing too overwhelming,” and that each cupcake is “moist without falling apart.” The frosting recipe calls for room temperature butter, matcha powder, vanilla bean paste, salt, milk, and powdered sugar. Make extra and use it to top cookies, cakes, or brownies!

3. Blueberry Cupcakes with Lemon-Tea Infused Frosting

This recipe from Comfortably Domestic packs juicy blueberry puree into the cupcake batter, and tops each cupcake with a lemon tea-infused icing. For the icing, the author used three Celestial Seasonings’ Lemon Zinger tea bags, but you can swap in your preferred brand. The tea bags join cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract to make a delightfully sweet and creamy topping. Garnish with blueberries for extra credit.

4. DAVIDsTEA Forever Nuts Apple Crumble Cupcakes

This recipe from Bite Me More uses DAVIDsTEA’s Forever Nuts loose leaf as one of its main ingredients. This tea has pieces of apple, almonds, cinnamon, and beetroot all jumbled together for a fruity, nutty flavor. Cool brewed tea is whisked into the cupcake batter.  Cream cheese frosting and an almond-cinnamon-sugar crumble topping finishes things off with sweet flavors and plenty of texture.

5. Earl Grey Vanilla Cupcakes

This recipe from My Second Breakfast uses earl grey tea in four ways: it’s steeped in milk, steeped in water, ground and rubbed with sugar, and flavors the frosting. If you’re a fan of earl grey and vanilla, this is the recipe for you!

6. Matcha and Raspberry Cupcakes

This recipe from Katie Cakes is almost too pretty to eat—almost. Conscious that matcha is very earthy, the author decided to balance matcha out with raspberry jam in this recipe, concluding that “It worked perfectly–matcha and raspberry are a match made in heaven.” These cupcakes are decorated with green tea pocky sticks and freeze dried raspberries for pops of color and crunch.

7. Ceylon with Vanilla Tea Infused Cupcakes

This recipe from We Are Tea makes vegan cupcakes with the tea seller’s Ceylon with Vanilla Tea, a Ceylon black tea scented with vanilla oil. The cupcake batter calls for flour, coconut sugar, almond milk, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar, among other ingredients, while the frosting stays vegan with ingredients such as coconut cream and vegan butter.

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6 Tea-Infused Cheesecakes for the Holidays

December 12, 2017

As the winter holidays approach and you’re planning your menu or searching for the perfect treat to contribute to a holiday party, consider bringing a tea-infused cheesecake to any soiree. Indulgent and flavorful, a tea-infused cheesecake is a wonderfully creamy, tea-riffic way to satisfy sweet-tooths and create a memorable dessert experience. Try any of these recipes for a bewitching dessert hour:

1. Earl Grey and Lavender-Infused Cheesecakes

This recipe from Tea Time creates individual cheesecakes that are a great option to present guests at a large party. Interestingly, each mini cheesecake contains a vanilla wafer at the base, providing a welcome dose of flavor and crunch. Heavy whipping cream is infused with earl grey tea leaves and lavender, then cooled for an hour before combining with cream cheese, sugar, and eggs. Bake, refrigerate, and garnish with fresh lavender for a picture-perfect finish.

2. Chai Cheesecake

This recipe from Betty Crocker calls for 6 chai black tea bags to flavor the filling. Other flavors include cinnamon, orange, and vanilla. Whipped cream and orange peel twists top the cake for a creamy, colorful finale.

3. Gluten-Free & Vegan Chai Pumpkin Cheesecake

This recipe from Food Faith Fitness delivers a healthy version of the classic sweet treat. The cheesecake gets special flavor from chai tea and guilt-free ingredients like unsweetened vanilla almond milk, flax meal, roasted salted cashews, coconut sugar, and honey/agave. The crust is made with coconut flour, and a combination of pecans, sugar, and chai tea provide a sweet, crunchy topping. Pair with a chai latte if you’re a total chai enthusiast.

4. Vegan & Gluten-Free Matcha Swirl Cheesecake

This recipe from Minimalist Baker uses matcha to infuse the dessert with powerful flavor and a gorgeous green hue. Dates, walnuts, and salt create the crust, which the author praises as an “insanely delicious base.” It’s also naturally sweetened with your choice of maple syrup or agave, making it a healthier choice than artificially sweetened cheesecakes. The filling relies on coconut milk and coconut yogurt for creaminess, making this a cheesecake recipe that vegans can indulge in, too.

5. Vegan & Gluten Free Rooibos Chai Cheesecake Bites

These cheesecake bites are the perfect way to indulge without giving yourself a stomach ache. Vegan, gluten free, and flavorful, they’ll be a hit everyone can enjoy at this year’s holiday affair. The crust is made by combining pecans, dates, walnuts, and coconut oil, then pouring rooibos tea over the mixture. The filling also uses rooibos tea to infuse a combination of cashews, cream cheese, maple syrup, and chia. Finally, loose-leaf rooibos, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pecan halves are sprinkled on top of the cheesecake for a final dusting of flavor.

6. Thai Tea Cheesecake with Chocolate Crumb Crust

This recipe from She Simmers will convert anyone who’s on the fence about infusing cheesecake with tea, since it converted the author herself: “I used to say that I didn’t think tea and tangy cultured dairy products belonged together,” the author writes. “This cheesecake has proven me wrong.” The cheesecake is flavored with brewed Thai tea, a black tea that’s typically spiced with star anise, tamarind, and cardamom. The chocolate crust made from graham crackers, butter, sugar, and cocoa powder provides a sweet base.

 

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8 Tea-Infused Pies for the Holidays

December 11, 2017

Hanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are right around the corner, which means you probably have a bevy of parties to attend. It’s always in good taste to bring a dessert, and we’ve got a winning idea: show up with a tea-infused pie. Put one of these recipes on your to-do list and you’ll wow the crowd:

1. Earl Grey Infused Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie

This recipe from Hello My Dumpling uses earl grey tea to give pecan pie a leg up in the world. Orange zest, ginger, and brown rice syrup provide additional, unexpected flavors, joining heavyweights pecans and chocolate for a delicious version of this pie.

2. Pear Pie with Tea-Infused Custard

This recipe from Spicy Ice Cream pairs a pear pie with tea-infused custard. You can either pour the custard into the pie to accompany the filling, or serve it on the side. The author chose T2 Crème Brulee tea leaves, but you can use any black tea you like.

3. Earl Grey Peach Pie with Thyme

This recipe from Table Matters is perfect for those who prefer desserts that aren’t overly-sweet. Two of the recipe’s core ingredients—an earl grey syrup and thyme—“help to balance the natural sweetness of the peaches, leaving you with a sophisticated dessert,” says the author. To make the earl grey syrup, simply combine warm water, sugar, and earl grey tea.  The pie’s filling pairs the syrup with peaches, lemon juice, salt, cornstarch, and thyme. Bonus idea: make extra syrup and use it in cocktails!

4. Earl Grey Blueberry Pie

This recipe from Cloudy Kitchen infuses the pie crust with both brewed earl grey tea and ground tea leaves. The author gets extra credit for puncturing the top of the pie with tiny, cute flower cut outs. Follow her lead and specialize your pie with cut outs, too!

5. Sweet Tea Pie

This recipe from Taste of the South brings one of the South’s iconic beverages—sweet tea—into the world of pie. The recipe calls for ½ cup cold, strongly-brewed unsweetened tea. But don’t worry—this pie will be sweet thanks to sugar, lemon, butter, and whipped cream. Garnish with lemon zest for a citrus finish.

 6. Coconut Matcha Cream Pie

This recipe from the Food Network uses matcha to add “a shocking green color and delightful floral notes to classic coconut cream pie.” The Food Network claims that, “the tropical sweetness of the custard is the perfect foil for the tea’s herbal bite.” Whip it up and be the judge!

7. Milk Tea Custard Pie 

This recipe from Thirsty for Tea incorporates the author’s special recipe for Hong Kong Milk Tea in the pie. (Hong Kong Milk Tea combines brewed black tea with condensed milk and half-and-half.) The author describes the filling as “silky smooth” and says the pie is “just as delicious as it sounds!”

8. Bigelow Earl Grey Meringue Pie

This recipe from Bigelow uses Bigelow’s Earl Grey Black Tea to pack bergamot flavor into this classic, fluffy dessert. Enjoy a slice of pie while sipping a cuppa for a total earl grey experience.

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Drool Over These Tea-Infused Ice Creams This Summer

July 4, 2017

Summer is here, and as the temperatures rise, you’ll need to cool down. Get inspired with these mouth-watering tea-infused ice cream flavors available at some of the coolest ice cream parlors in the world. If you live nearby to where they’re sold, pedal your bike there as fast as possible. If you don’t, suggest these innovative flavors to your local ice cream barista:

1) Silencio Black Tea & Coconut Stracciatella (Vegan)

Silencio Black Tea & Coconut Stracciatella (Vegan)

Where to Get It:

Salt & Straw | Venice, CA | www.saltandstraw.com

Stracciatella is an Italian form of gelato inspired by classic Italian egg drop soup. It typically contains chocolate flakes. This flavor from famed ice creamery Salt & Straw is a coconut-based combination of French dark chocolate and a black tea blend that fuses black tea with cacao shells, black pepper, and dried pineapple. Salt & Straw describes the tea’s flavor as “a tropical sweet, spicy tobacco profile,” that soars to flavorful heights when combined with chocolate. And it’s vegan!

2) Chai Tea Coconut (Dairy-Free)

Chai Tea Coconut (Dairy-Free)

Where to Get It:

Fat Cat Creamery | Houston, TX | www.fatcatcreamery.com

fat cat typically refers to a rich political donor. But you don’t have to have deep pockets to enjoy a scoop of ice cream at Houston’s Fat Cat Creamery. This flavor uses coconut milk as a base and achieves flavor nirvana by mixing chai tea and cinnamon into the batter.

3) Green Tea Pistachio

Green Tea Pistachio

Where to Get It:

Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream | New York, New York | www.morgensternsnyc.com

Morgenstern’s describes itself as a “texture-driven” maker of “small-batch ice creams with a renewed attention to flavor and palate.” Owner Nicholas Morgenstern says that he thinks of an ice cream’s flavor profile first when devising new creations. With that approach in mind, he created this Green Tea Pistachio treat, bringing the texture of pistachios together with the bitter taste of matcha for a winning taste in every lick.

4) Thai Milk Tea

Thai Milk Tea

Where To Get It:

Merry Moo Ice Cream | Metro Manila, Philippines | www.merrymooicecream.com

Thai Milk Tea is a popular Southeast Asian beverage that combines tea, milk, and sugar. With dairy and sugar in its profile, it makes for a seamless transition atop any ice cream cone. Merry Moo describes its Thai Milk Tea ice cream as “a light, tangy, and floral flavor.”

5) Ginger Matcha

Ginger Matcha

Where to Get It:

TEA-RRIFIC! ICE CREAM | Various locations | tearrificicecream.com

 Available by the pint at stores in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, this flavor mashes premium Matcha green tea with fresh cold-pressed ginger juice and sweet cream. Tea-rrific! describes its flavor profile as “sweet, creamy, earthy, and zingy.” Use it as a palate cleanser between courses or as a sweet treat to cap off a summer night.

And now for something completely different…

6) Tea-Infused Ice Cream Rolls

Where to Get It:

Steep | San Francisco, CA | www.steepsf.com

Steep uses a Thai pan-frozen technique to create ice cream rolls—basically the fruit roll ups of ice cream. All Steep ice creams are steeped for up to 24 hours to achieve maximum flavor and minimum acid. The San Francisco tea, coffee, and juice outpost regularly serves the following tea-infused ice cream rolls, topped with unique add-ons:

UjiMatcha

Ceremonial-grade Uji, Japan sourced Matcha infused ice cream topped with fresh strawberries and red bean

MyThai

Thai Tea infused ice cream topped with house-made coconut pudding and tapioca pearls 

Original Oolong

Premium Taiwanese Oolong Tea infused ice cream topped with house-made herbal jelly and tapioca pearls