Tea can be a delicious and unexpected ingredient in a variety of recipes, adding unique flavors and aromas to dishes. Here are three delicious recipes that use different types of tea as a key ingredient:
Chai Tea Spiced Oatmeal
Chai tea is a fragrant blend of spices, black tea, and milk. It's often enjoyed as a hot drink, but it can also be used to infuse other dishes with its rich flavour. This chai tea spiced oatmeal is a warming and hearty breakfast that's perfect for cold mornings.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 chai tea bag
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp honey (optional)
- Chopped nuts, dried fruit, or fresh fruit for topping
In a medium saucepan, bring the water and chai tea bag to a boil. Remove from heat and let steep for 5 minutes.
Remove the tea bag and add the oats, milk, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and salt to the saucepan. Stir to combine.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oats are cooked to your liking.
If desired, stir in honey to sweeten the oatmeal.
Serve hot, topped with chopped nuts, dried fruit, or fresh fruit
Earl Grey Tea Infused Chocolate Truffles
Earl Grey tea is a black tea flavoured with bergamot, a type of citrus fruit. Its floral and citrus notes make it a perfect pairing for dark chocolate in these decadent truffles.
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 Earl Grey tea bags
- 8 oz dark chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- Cocoa powder or chopped nuts for coating
Heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just begins to simmer.
Remove from heat and add the tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes.
Remove the tea bags and return the cream to a simmer.
Place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let sit for 1 minute.
Add the softened butter and whisk until smooth and shiny.
Refrigerate the mixture for at least 1 hour, until firm.
Use a small cookie scoop or spoon to form the chocolate mixture into small balls.
Roll the balls in cocoa powder or chopped nuts to coat.
Store the truffles in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Enjoy all the goodness of your favourite tea blends in your favourite foodie recipes.