You know you’ve stumbled onto something posh when cookies or cake boast of being tea-infused. Oh excuse me, are these meant for the queen? There’s something about the subtle taste of tea in a baked good that screams ‘I’m fancy!’ Well, baking with tea isn’t actually that complicated. Sometimes it’s as simple as ripping open a teabag and dumping its contents in whatever you’re making.
If you’re interested in baking with tea (and impressing all your friends with how elegant your cooking is), here are a few tips and ideas to make that the simplest thing in the world.
Don’t even bake with it
Allow us to set a scene. You’re having a tea party or casual tea-centered get-together of some kind. You’ve made delicious scones for the event and they’re delightful, but a little boring. You could break out the jam, but for something a little fancier, add tea to the butter. Everyone loves fancy butter.
Orange Pekoe is the best tea for this because it’s finely ground and has been proven by centuries of British tea times to go well with scones. Simply rip a teabag open, dump the contents into your butter and mix it well. Boom. Fancy tea-infused butter.
Again, don’t even bake with it
‘But I thought this was about baking.’ It is; we’re getting there. An easy way to take a loaf cake or cinnamon buns or any other pastry, really, up a notch is to add tea to your glaze. Bonus points if your cake already has tea in it.
Make your glaze how you would normally, but instead of using plain milk, steep it with a teabag before you add any other ingredients. It’s like turning a latte into icing. Yum.
Okay, bake with it
Realistically, you can infuse anything with tea. The trick is, like with the glaze, to steep your liquid (whether it be milk or water) with a tea bag and then use it like you would normally. You can also add loose leaf tea (if the pieces are small enough) for added flavour and texture.
Seriously, you can do this with anything. And you should. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Matcha is the best
For an even easier time, add a little bit of matcha green tea to recipes. The matcha will mix right in to whatever you’re making, no steeping required. Remember, you only need a little bit of matcha to add a whole lot of flavour.
Cookies are where it’s at
The hands-down indisputably best thing to infuse with tea is cookies. Why, you ask? Because you can eat a tea-infused cookie with tea and dip the cookie in the tea for double the glorious tea flavour. Just make some tea-infused cookies. Trust us.
Now, go have the fanciest shmanciest tea party out there.