Not sure what to do with that leftover tea in the cupboard? Here are some creative ideas on how to cook with tea that I’m planning to try soon.
As a follow-up to my earlier post about my first experiences with matcha, I also found a simple recipe for a soy matcha smoothie online.
The recipe is simple. You combine 1-2 cups of soy milk, 1 teaspoon of matcha powder, and ice cubes in to a blender. Add sweetener such as sugar to taste. It yields a delicious and healthy smoothie.
Can you believe how delicious this cake looks? What an elegant and light looking cake this is. Christine’s recipes provides the step-by-step guide on how to make this cake. I would love to try this recipe but as an unsophisticated baker am a little intimidated by adding in the layer in the middle.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner and chocolate on the brain, this looks like a wonderful recipe to use with any darjeeling tea you have laying around. Cooking Light has a great recipe posted for creating this delicious confection. I’d love to see some variations on this — looks like the same idea would be very delicious with earl grey!
The possibilities of blending teas to create new and unique flavors and endless. It can be a great way to add a kick to a tea you’ve already got in your cupboard. I’ve been doing more research and reading on how to blend teas and it’s fun to think about different combinations.
Classic shortbread cookies are a delightful accompaniment to tea, with a rich buttery flavor and crumbly texture. Here is a beautiful variation of the shortbread recipe which incorporates matcha, a Japanese green tea. As you can see, it lends a beautiful color and texture. This recipe is originally from Dede Wilson’s book Unforgettable Desserts.
You can find the full recipe at Leite’s Culinaria.
Indian chai is basically black tea brewed with specific spices, milk and sugar. The secret to our favorite everyday chai recipe is the spice cardamom. This recipe is simple and easy, and can be made as a single cup or brew a full pot. While many stores sell chai tea concentrate, it’s worthwhile to experiment with your own spices as it can add nuances to flavor.
The secret to brewed ice tea is in the quality of the tea leaves because cooling it down strengthens the tea’s distinctive flavor. In preparing tea, always try to use fresh (preferably filtered) cold water if possible. Iced tea is very versatile and can be made unsweetened and then flavored and sweetened to taste.