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10 Tea-Infused Cookie Recipes for the Holidays

December 12, 2017

Christmas and Hanukah are fast approaching, which means it’s almost time to get ready to host or attend a bevy of holiday parties.  Whether you’re having a hundred people over or you’re headed to a small gathering, making any of these tea-infused cookie recipes will win you major points.  Ready, set, bake:

1. Tea-Infused Sugar Cookies 

These cookies from Tea Foodie are inspired by a recipe from Steeped: Recipes Infused With Tea. The recipe adds loose leaf tea leaves to the dough and for garnish.  The author has used the following flavor combinations in the dough at different times, so take your pick:

  • Rose puerh / rose water / rose petals
  • Earl Grey / orange water / Earl Grey tea leaves
  • Moroccan Mint / peppermint extract / green tea leaves
  • Rooibos / coconut extract & shredded coconut / rooibos tea leaves
  • Chai spices / vanilla extract / black tea leaves

2. Chocolate-Mint Tea Crinkle Cookies

This recipe from NPR combines mint tea and earl grey tea with chocolate to create a deliciously flavorful cookie.  Rolled in powdered sugar, each cookie also looks like a winter wonderland, perfect for any holiday gathering.

3. Brown Sugar and Black Tea Roll-Out Cookies 

This recipe from health blog Sweet Beet and Green Bean uses brewed black tea in the dough.  The sugar sprinkled on top gets its color from two healthy sources: pomegranate seeds and baby spinach.  Bet you weren’t expecting that!  Adventurous, health-conscious palates will delight in this natural and healthy approach to food coloring.

4. Vanilla and Earl Grey Tea Cookies 

This recipe from Butter & Brioche calls for 2 tablespoons of earl grey tea leaves, or your preferred black tea.  Notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and tea dominate the cookie’s flavor profile.  To make this sweet treat, start by toasting your tea leaves in a small, stainless steel frying pan over medium heat.  They’ll be combined with caster sugar and vanilla bean segments in a food processor, creating a fine powder that’s used to make the dough.

5. Orange and Black Tea Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies 

These cookies from Food For My Family get their flavor from crushed orange zest and black tea leaves, plus an orange glaze that finishes things off in style.  By choosing olive oil over unhealthier cooking oils, this recipe also makes dessert guilt-free.

6. Vegan Tea-Infused Shortbread Cookies 

This recipe from She Knows is perfect if there will be vegans at your holiday soiree.  This recipe gets its flavor from black tea and lemon–a classic, unbeatable combination. Vegans and non-vegans are sure to enjoy this sweet snack.

7. Marketspice Tea Madeleines 

This recipe from Baking the Goods relies on MarketSpice Cinnamon Orange Tea, a black tea blended with cinnamon-orange flavor and spices, for its unique taste. You’ll also need a madeleine baking sheet to make these cookies.  For a beautiful, tasty cookie, both are worth the investment!

8. Chocolate-Dipped Peach Tea Shortbread Cookies 

This recipe from The Monday Box is both picturesque and scrumptious, getting its unique flavor from peach tea leaves.  (The author used 6 Republic of Tea Ginger Peach Black Tea bags.)  Dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with sugar, these cookies will look great on Instagram and headed toward your mouth.

9. Green Tea Mint Cookies 

This recipe from Yummly combines peppermint extract and green tea blended with lemongrass for a recipe that will make anyone green with envy.

10. Afternoon Tea + Jam Macarons 

This recipe from So It’s Sunday is beautiful to behold and delicious to taste, thanks to a black tea-infused Strawberry rhubarb jam ganache. This recipe added pink food coloring to the batter, but you can choose your own holiday-themed colors for a festive adaptation.

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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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Tea-Infused Pizza Recipes You Need in Your Oven

September 14, 2017

Pizza.  Along with the hamburger and the hotdog, it’s as American as apple pie.  And we eat a lot of it.  According to a report written by the United States’ Department of Agriculture, 1 out of every 8 adults are eating pizza on any given day.  Just how much pizza are those adults eating?  According to the Atlantic, we eat 100 acres of pizza every day.  Acres.  While pizza’s popularity has soared, so too have our standards. Gone are the days when dough, sauce, and cheese were enough to make mouths water. Today’s consumers want more from their meals. More flavors, more texture, more everything. Global toppings, adventurous flavor pairings, and innovative crusts are changing the pizza landscape.

 

That’s where tea comes in.

 

Tea-infused pizzas are bringing a new element to the classic pizza pie, delighting eaters with tea-infused crusts or tea-infused toppings.  If you’re craving something new from your pizza this Friday night or you’ve got a bunch of foodies to impress, try your hand at one of these tea-infused pizza recipes:

1) Matcha Flatbread Pizza

Matcha Flatbread Pizza

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This recipe from Sandra’s Easy Cooking bakes matcha into a flatbread pizza dough for a green burst of flavor in every bite. Matcha joins flour, salt, oil, sugar, yeast, and skim milk to make the base of the pizza, which is then topped with provolone cheese, shrimp, spinach, tomatoes, scallions, honey-sauteed carrots, and sesame seeds. Talk about flavor!

2) Matcha Green Tea Pizza with Sesame Glazed Mushrooms

Matcha Green Tea Pizza with Sesame Glazed Mushrooms

 

This recipe from Heather Christo also starts with a green tea pizza crust, but replaces cheese with an almond ricotta that makes the dish dairy-free. Also gluten-free and vegan, this pizza will satisfy any and all diet-restricted guests. Joining the almond ricotta are caramelized onions and sesame glazed mushrooms that provide lots of flavor and nutrition.

3) Tea Pizza With Shitake Mushrooms and Steak

 

This recipe from Tea Chef uses tea instead of water to make the pizza dough, and also includes chopped up tea leaves to spike it with flavor and color. The author recommends using an oolong tea or “bold/spicy flavored teas” to give the dough something extra, so pick your favorite! The steak that tops this pizza is also cooked with tea, giving you even more tea-flavored goodness. Dehydrated shitake mushrooms complete the masterpiece. Find your favorite tea and give this customizable, mouth-watering recipe a go.

4) Gourmet Thai Chicken Pizza

Gourmet Thai Chicken Pizza

 

In this recipe, brewed black tea joins peanut butter, rice vinegar, soy sauce, chili oil, ginger, and honey for a Thai-inspired take on pizza sauce. Atop the sauce, enjoy mouthfuls of chicken that’s been seasoned with sesame seeds, paprika, red chile pepper, salt, green onions, carrots, and cilantro. Mozzarella cheese and honey wheat crust complete the pizza for a winning tour de flavor.

5) Moody Blue Flatbread with Apple Fig and Black Tea Preserves

Moody Blue Flatbread with Apple Fig and Black Tea Preserves

 

This pizza pie from Yael Writes tops a flatbread with Moody Blue Cheese, sliced apples, sliced pears, arugula, pancetta, and—our favorite part—Quince & Apple Figs and Black Tea Preserves.  Excuse us while we go make this flatbread right now…

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Tea-Infused Pasta Recipes You Need to Make

September 12, 2017

Tea is not just a drink. It’s an ingredient that belongs in your kitchen cabinets right next to salt and pepper. You can use tea to infuse many dinner dishes with extra flavor, from soup to ribs, and chicken to pasta. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the most delectable tea-infused pasta recipes around, so that next time you boil pasta, it will get an exciting tea-based makeover.

1) Green Tea Pesto Pasta

Green Tea Pesto Pasta

 

Pesto gets an extra dose of green in this recipe from Jackie Newgent, a professional chef, recipe developer, and nutritionist. Here, she adds unsweetened, freshly brewed green tea to pesto for a healthy infusion. The green tea joins classic pesto ingredients basil leaves, pine nuts, oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and hot pepper flakes, combining them with peas and garbanzo beans to make a creamy version of pesto. Low calorie, this green tea pesto will keep your taste buds and your gut happy.

2) Shrimp & Spaghetti with Matcha Cream Sauce

Shrimp & Spaghetti with Matcha Cream Sauce

 

This recipe from J-Simple Recipes pairs spaghetti, shrimp, and spinach with a matcha-based cream sauce. Fresh cream, mozzarella cheese, matcha powder, salt, and pepper mix together to make the creamy green sauce. The author claims, “The colors of the matcha powder, shrimps and spinach are vivid,” and also promises, “This dish has a lot of cheese, but it isn’t heavy at all.”  That means more room for seconds!

3) Linguini & Tomatoes with Matcha Cheezy Cashew Cream Sauce

 

This vegan recipe from Sugimoto America pairs classic Italian linguine and tomatoes with a Japanese-inspired sauce that throws matcha and cashews into the creamy mix. Start by blending cashews to create a puree. Add matcha, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice to build the sauce. Add to sautéed tomatoes and cooked linguine, then top with fresh basil for a picturesque dish!

4) Slow Cooker Ramen

Slow Cooker Ramen

 

This recipe from Bigelow Tea uses a green tea bag from Bigelow to create a savory ramen broth. The broth gets more lots of additional flavor from pork butt or shoulder, ginger, white miso paste, and seaweed. This recipe adds roasted pork belly to the fun, but you can skip if you’re not into it (though we can’t get enough of this on-trend meat). Making this dish does require a slow cooker and 8+ hours of patience, but it’s worth the wait! 

5) One-Pot Spaghetti with Greek Tea, Feta, and Kalamata Olive

One-Pot Spaghetti with Greek Tea, Feta, and Kalamata Olive

 

This Greek-inspired recipe from Eats Well With Others calls for Greek Mountain Tea (or green tea, if you’d prefer). Greek Mountain Tea is an herbal tea made from the dried parts of the Sideritis plant, which grows in Greece’s mountains. Greeks have enjoyed this tea for centuries, and even Hippocrates, the philosopher credited as the father of modern medicine, praised Greek Mountain Tea for its health benefits. Those benefits have been confirmed as of late. The tea’s benefits are often compared to the those of green tea, which you can substitute for mountain tea in this recipe. Bursting with Mediterranean flavor, this pasta dish uses not only the Greek Mountain tea, but also Greek culinary staples feta cheese and kalamata olives. Try today for a culinary road trip to Athens!

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Check Out These Gorgeous Tea-Infused Birthday Cakes

August 3, 2017

The birthday cake is the true star of any birthday celebration—other than the birthday boy or girl, of course. Make your next birthday party a delicious day to remember with a tea-infused birthday cake. You and your guests will delight in a culinary twist that makes dessert a unique experience. Check out these gorgeous, lip smacking cakes and keep them in mind for your next birthday soiree!

1) Black Tea Cake with Honey Buttercream

Black Tea Cake with Honey Buttercream

This elegant cake from Pastry Affair spikes the cake batter with 3 tablespoons of black tea brewed in warm milk. The cake enjoys a unique, speckled appearance thanks to the tea. The bitter tea contrasts auspiciously with the sweet, honey-based frosting for an overall taste sensation.

2) Jasmine Green Tea Birthday Cake

Jasmine Green Tea Birthday Cake

 This flavor-bursting cake from Tea Squirrel features cake batter infused with jasmine green tea, mango lime curd in the middle, and raspberry frosting on top. Says the author, “The jasmine green tea scent is subtle and very pleasant and I love the contrast between the richness of the cake layers and the tartness of the mango curd and raspberry frosting.” Bright pink, this cake is sure to get everyone in the celebratory mood.

3) Earl Grey Cake With Chocolate Lavender Frosting

Earl Grey Cake With Chocolate Lavender FrostingTo make this pretty cake from Sift & Whisk, start by steeping four earl grey tea bags in a combination of milk and vanilla beans over medium low heat. Discard the tea bags, then use the tea-infused concoction in the cake batter. Finish things off with a majestic light purple frosting that combines lavender with chocolate for a sweet crescendo.

4) Tea-Infused Watermelon Cake

Tea-Infused Watermelon Cake

This recipe from Bluebird Tea Company swaps out cake batter for an actual watermelon and tops it with a tea-infused frosting for a healthy iteration of the birthday cake. This cake uses Watermelon Splash tea from Bluebird, a combination of green and white teas, dired apple, hibiscus, rosehip, dried coconut, pineapple, lemongrass, and lemon peel. Brew the tea, then whisk into hardened coconut milk to create the icing. After you’ve removed the watermelon skin, top with the icing, and garnish with additional fruit.

5) Earl Grey Chiffon Cake

Earl Grey Chiffon Cake

A chiffon cake uses egg whites to create a light, healthier dessert. This cake from Thirsty For Tea’s Bonnie Eng is a light way to cap off a heavy birthday feast. This recipe enlists earl grey tea for a punch of flavor. Says Eng, “Earl Grey tea gives this cake its distinctive and elegant taste. The cake is infused with this citrusy tea in both its liquid and leaf forms so that its floral flavor infuses thoroughly into each fluffy bite. I used one tea bag in its steeped form, and 3 other tea bags for their dry leaves.” Top with light whipped cream and fruit for an elegant finish.

6) Matcha Cake

Matcha Cake

This cake from Omnivore’s Cookbook is a tall, 3-layer cake that will delight any matcha enthusiast. The author cautions that “the sweetness of the cake is very much on the Asian end of the spectrum,” elaborating that “depending on your perspective of how a dessert should taste, this cake might not seem sweet enough.” The frosting, for instance, contains no sugar, but is very creamy. Red bean paste balances the bitter matcha throughout the cake, and the end result is simply beautiful.

 

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Try These Tea-Infused Appetizers

July 27, 2017

Using tea as an ingredient in cooking and baking is still a new idea for many people. You may be hesitant to try an entrée that includes tea as an ingredient—what if you don’t like it? Dinner’s ruined! But appetizers provide an easy point of entry for both curious chefs and consumers. Try these tea-infused appetizer recipes at home by yourself to see if you like cooking with tea, or if you know you already do, try serving a tea-infused appetizer to party guests who are up for a new food experience.  These 7 recipes are a great place to start your tea cooking adventure:

1) Jasmine Green Tea Chicken Wings

Jasmine Green Tea Chicken Wings

These chicken wings from Bigelow simmer in a combination of shallots, celery, carrots, salt, pepper, and jasmine green tea for a unique take on the classic appetizer. Prepare them to class up any Super Bowl Party or chill out the parents at any PTA Luncheon.

2) Chamomile Hummus

Chamomile Hummus

Take your dip to the next level with this chamomile tea-infused hummus recipe from Arbor Teas. Chamomile tea joins chickpeas, tahini, garlic, cumin, olive oil, and lemon juice to give this hummus a varied flavor palate. Try it with pita chips or vegetables at your next gathering.

3) Green Tea-Infused Vegetable Quiches

Green Tea-Infused Vegetable Quiches

These miniature quiches from Bigelow have a bitter infusion thanks to Bigelow’s Classic Green Tea and would make a great addition to any cocktail party.  Good things come in small packages…

4) Thai Tea Cream Biscuits

Thai Tea Cream Biscuits

There’s nothing quite like a buttery biscuit to pre-empt a meal. This time, try serving these Thai Tea and mango-infused biscuits from Arbor Teas. Says baker Olivia May, “Since it’s a mix of black tea, vanilla bean, cardamom and anise seeds, when used dry, the spices in the Thai tea toast in the oven during baking, elevating their flavor quite favorably.” Shredded coconut, green curry paste, and mango round out the lineup for this most flavorful of biscuits.

5) Tea-Poached Pears with Goat Cheese & Puff Pastry

Tea-Poached Pears with Goat Cheese & Puff Pastry

Poached pairs get a dose of black tea in this elegant appetizer from Savvy Eats. Black tea, sugar, vanilla bean, and water combine to make a poaching liquid for the fruit. This poaching liquid is reduced and used again later as a drizzle over pears served on puff pastry with goat cheese. If you crave extra spice, try adding cinnamon or chai to your tea.

6) Smoky Lapsang Souchong Spring Rolls

Smoky Lapsang Souchong Spring Rolls

Spring rolls get a tea-riffic makeover with the addition of lapsang souchong tea in this recipe from Arbor Teas. Says recipe developer Olivia May, “Lapsang Souchong has a heady campfire aroma and provides an easy way to impart a wonderful smoked flavor to foods without having to go through all the hassle of actually firing up the smoker yourself. Here I use it to season a sauté of shiitake mushrooms and a bit of pulled pork packaged neatly in a spring roll wrapper.” For extra credit, serve with a black tea-flavored plum and vanilla jam.

 7) Matcha & Goat Cheese Crostini

Matcha & Goat Cheese Crostini

Matcha is the magic ingredient for these crostini from Teatulia. Goat cheese and matcha come together with honey and orange aboard crunchy slices of baguette for a satisfying flavor profile and mix of textures in every bite.  A colorful display, this appetizer is sure to kick any party off in a bright mood.

 

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Tea-Infused Breakfast Recipes

April 18, 2017

It’s customary to drink tea with your breakfast, but what if tea was a major component of your breakfast itself? Tea-infused breakfast dishes are here to let you do just that. We’ve rounded up a few of the most delectable recipes to give each bite of your breakfast a tea-infused sizzle:

1) Chai Tea French Toast

Chai Tea French Toast

This French toast recipe from Food Fanatic packs spicy chai tea into each piece of French toast. Infuse loose chai spice tea in a milk, egg, and vanilla mixture. Dip bread into the mixture, then fry on a griddle. Top as desired with maple syrup, powdered sugar, or whipped cream.

2) Tea-Poached Eggs Benedict

Tea-Poached Eggs Benedict

This recipe for poached eggs from Tea Time Magazine puts spiced white tea in the breakfast mix. Eggs are poached in a mixture that includes dry white wine, water, brewed spiced white tea, white-wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. Once poached, place in between an English muffin or scone with pancetta and Holondaise sauce for a complete and satisfying meal.

3) Gluten-Free Earl Grey Blueberry Pancakes

Gluten-Free Earl Grey Blueberry Pancakes

This recipe from Cooking a la Mel uses TARDIS tea from Adagio, which blends blackberry, vanilla, and earl grey tea for a brew that tastes like a blueberry muffin. To make these pancakes, begin by steeping the TARDIS tea (or any Earl Grey tea you like) in whole milk. You’ll combine this milk tea with batter that includes ground oats, almond meal (or flour), baking soda, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and an egg. If you’re trying to cut down on milk, substitute coconut milk for whole milk. Add fresh blueberries to the batter for an extra dose of flavor and fruit.

4) Matcha Green Tea and Banana Oatmeal

Matcha Green Tea and Banana Oatmeal

This recipe from The Breakfast Drama Queen gives oatmeal a green makeover. It takes only 15 minutes to prepare and is both gluten-free and vegan. Start by boiling almond milk and water, then add in rolled oats and salt, stirring well. Add a mashed banana, matcha powder, and vanilla extract. After the oats have cooked thoroughly, scoop into a bowl and top as desired.

5) Rooibos Banana-Carrot Bread

Rooibos Banana-Carrot Bread

This banana bread from Just A Pinch puts two twists on the classic bread: carrots and rooibos tea. The batter includes brewed rooibos tea, whole wheat flour, and grated carrots, in addition to ingredients such as pitted dates, pecan nuts, and raisins, giving the final product lots of texture, the sweetness of fruit, and the heartiness of vegetables. Bonus: Check out 1001 Tea Facts’ recipes for Matcha Banana Bread, Earl Grey Banana Bread, and Chai Spiced Whole Wheat Banana Bread.

6) Scrambled Eggs with Matcha and Lime

Scrambled Eggs with Matcha and Lime

This recipe from husband-and wife blog A Couple Cooks dress up classic scrambled eggs with matcha and lime. Writes the duo:

“The tea has a subtle aromatic flavor that works wonderfully with the richness of the eggs. If you try it, don’t totally coat the eggs in green, but use enough so that you can taste it. The other surprise ingredient, which you’ve likely noticed in this post title, is lime. I know, it sounds a little weird, but hear us out: adding citrus brightens the flavors of the egg and elevates the dish to a whole new level. You’ll just have to trust us on this one.”

The recipe simply calls for matcha and lime juice to be sprinkled on top of scrambled eggs with green onion for a slight addition that makes a big impact.