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Cooking with Tea


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Cooking With Tea

We at Arbor Teas want to inspire you to think outside the pot. Yes, a perfectly steeped cup of tea holds much tradition and most definitely nourishes the body and mind, but there are many more ways – both savory and sweet – to use these fragrant leaves. Think saturating tea as an infusion into milk or cream, stocks or sauces, crushing to form a substantial base for a dry rub, or heating directly in the frying pan as you would to coax the intensity from any spice layered into a stir-fried-type dish. The possibilities are endless, invite much creativity and encourage playfulness. Submit your own recipe for inclusion in our Cooking with Tea recipes and earn 100 rewards points!

logo-olivia2.pngMany of the recipes included below are created especially for Arbor Teas by Olivia May at From the Kitchen of Olivia. Olivia is an avid baker and home cook who occasionally blogs about her kitchen exploits. She humbly requests that we disclose her lack of formal culinary training, which one would never guess! Ironically, her background is in gustatory science!

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    SUPER Chai Vegan Pumpkin Muffins
    Vegan muffins, packed with delicious healthy goodness! Based on a recipe originally found on lunchboxbunch.com, a customer swapped in Arbor Teas Organic Masala Chai Black Tea to create a new, SUPER chai muffin!
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    Rooibos Applesauce
    A great way to infuse the Rooibos taste in a homemade batch of applesauce. Not only does Cinnamon Rooibos work, but Vanilla Almond Rooibos as well. I purchased a Rooibos sampler and I am having fun trying them all. The flavor is exquisite!
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    Warming Matcha Smoothie
    A warm smoothie? Does not sound all that appetizing to us either, but wait! After a long, chilly winter of drinking cold smoothies, a hot one actually makes a lot of sense. This delicious smoothie is fortified with energy and nutrients…
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    Masala Chai Spiced Donuts
    Choose your own adventure! This recipe is filled with decisions... Fried or Baked? Caffeinated or Not? Doughnuts or Donuts? Try out these two very different and customizable approaches to making chai-spiced donuts. Perfect for the Fall!
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    Oatmeal + Tea = Oat-TEA-meal!
    Morning oatmeal made scrumptious by substituting tea for water. Bright berry flavors and rich chai brews compliment the oats especially well.
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    Honeybush Tea Jelly
    Honeybush tea jelly makes fantastic PB&J sandwiches! Its woody sweetness balances the tartness of the homemade apple pectin and it is naturally caffeine-free - perfect for the kids! Or combine with nuts and spices and stuff into apple dumplings...
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    Masala Chai Tea Scones
    Tea and scones go together like milk and cookies. One is just simply more enjoyable in the company of the other. Taking it one step further, I decided to meld ...
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    Thai Tea Cream Biscuits
    This softer (less dense) version of a scone is an unusual and creative fusion of green curry, toasted spices, mango and coconut layered over the slight sweetness of the biscuit. Wow!
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    Tea-Cured Salmon
    Last time I was in DC, I made a point to dine at Teaism. If you’re not familiar, it’s a restaurant and tea shop that offers simple tea cuisine, including ...
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    Tea-Infused Cultured Yogurt
    Commercially available yogurts are usually heavily sweetened, sometimes artificially colored, and often excessively priced. Making your own is economical and a good way to avoid highly processed sugar, while providing ...
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    Vanilla Bean Black Tea Plum Butter
    Living in Michigan, I am fortunate to have in my community great local farms and orchards that grow a wide variety of berries and other fruits. Compared to our long, ...
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    Chinese Tea Eggs
    A Chinese tea egg (cháyèdàn) is a traditional snack food commonly sold by street vendors or in markets throughout Chinese communities. It’s a hard-cooked egg steeped with tea leaves and ...
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    Cultured Tea Butter and Buttermilk
    A welcome addition to a breakfast table spread or to afternoon tea fare. Think masala chai tea butter redolent with warm spice and delicately sweetened (post-churn) with honey...
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    Thai Tea Cream Biscuits
    This softer (less dense) version of a scone is an unusual and creative fusion of green curry, toasted spices, mango and coconut layered over the slight sweetness of the biscuit. Wow!
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    Burmese Tea Leaf Salad
    This recipe for a traditional Burmese fermented tea leaf salad (Lahpet Thoke pronounced “la-pay toe”) is an eclectic mix of flavors and textures. However, finding fermented tea leaves outside Burma and northern Thailand isn’t very easy. Luckily, this recipe includes directions to ferment your own tea leaves!
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    Chamomile Vinaigrette Dressing
    This wonderful dressing can be served over a lettuce salad or altered slightly to create a delicious tahini dressing for a shredded cabbage and carrot salad.
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    Chamomile Hummus
    A delightful new version of hummus that can be served alone with bread, crackers, carrots, and cucumbers, or served as a counterpart to vegetable fritters such as fried eggplant.
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    Dragonwell (Green Tea) Chicken Noodle Soup
    The health benefits of green tea seem to be popping up perpetually in the news these days. Just recently a published study found that drinking green tea increases the effectiveness ...
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    Hakka Lei Cha – Central Chinese Green Tea Soup
    Tea isn't just good for drinking but can also be a versatile cooking ingredient. Soups are particularly healthy, tasty and easy to make with tea. In fact, we have a ...
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    Chinese Tea Eggs
    A Chinese tea egg (cháyèdàn) is a traditional snack food commonly sold by street vendors or in markets throughout Chinese communities. It’s a hard-cooked egg steeped with tea leaves and ...
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    Cultured Tea Butter and Buttermilk
    A welcome addition to a breakfast table spread or to afternoon tea fare. Think masala chai tea butter redolent with warm spice and delicately sweetened (post-churn) with honey...
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    Masala Chai Tea Scones
    Tea and scones go together like milk and cookies. One is just simply more enjoyable in the company of the other. Taking it one step further, I decided to meld ...
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    Smoky Lapsang Souchong Spring Rolls
    Have you ever wanted to capture the smoky fragrance of Lapsang Souchong black tea into something edible? Here is a delicious way to try it in an appetizer inspired by ...
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    Tea-Infused Cultured Yogurt
    Commercially available yogurts are usually heavily sweetened, sometimes artificially colored, and often excessively priced. Making your own is economical and a good way to avoid highly processed sugar, while providing ...
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    Roasted Butternut Squash and Green Rooibos Soup
    Green rooibos blended with roasted butternut squash, garlic, onions and cream combine for a wonderfully rich and herbal wintertime soup. Whips up without too much trouble and freezes nicely for a meal at the ready.
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    Matcha Ravioli
    Matcha's deep green hue and flavor add a lot of appeal to home made pasta. Inspired by the green of this past spring, Olivia made Matcha Ravioli and filled it with a green pea and Italian white bean puree, and topped it with a garlic scape-kale pesto. So very green!
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    Holiday Spice-y Red Pepper Relish
    Sweet with piquant heat and spiced just so with orange, cinnamon, and clove from the Holiday Spice Black Tea. Use it to top cheese and crackers for a quick snack or appetizer, mix with ketchup for a fancy chili dipping sauce, or dollop over your take-out ramen bowl to add a festive touch...
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    Smoky Lapsang Souchong Spring Rolls
    Have you ever wanted to capture the smoky fragrance of Lapsang Souchong black tea into something edible? Here is a delicious way to try it in an appetizer inspired by ...
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    Smoky Yerba Mate Lentil Burgers
    BBQ season is upon us! Will you have a vegetarian to feed in your group? Often meatless patties are dry and disappointing, especially the ones that come packaged from the ...
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    Cultured Tea Butter and Buttermilk
    Cultured tea butter has many savory applications for dinner. Think: smeared on crusty bread or slathered on roasted vegetables ...
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    Dragonwell (Green Tea) Chicken Noodle Soup
    The health benefits of green tea seem to be popping up perpetually in the news these days. Just recently a published study found that drinking green tea increases the effectiveness ...
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    Hakka Lei Cha – Central Chinese Green Tea Soup
    Tea isn't just good for drinking but can also be a versatile cooking ingredient. Soups are particularly healthy, tasty and easy to make with tea. In fact, we have a ...
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    Vanilla Chaiscream
    If you zapped a vanilla Chai latte with a "turn into ice cream" gun, this recipe would be the result. It's smooth, creamy, sweet and delicious, and best of all, it's got just the right taste of all your favorite Chai spices. Now you can have a Chai latte as a hot treat OR a cold treat!
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    Holy Basil Shortbread
    In this special shortbread recipe, dried Tulsi leaves are toasted to intensify the flavor of the essential oils before being mixed into the butter-laden dough. Once baked, a layer of tempered chocolate is poured over the cooling shortbread, creating an incomparable cookie meant to be offered devotedly to your beloved.
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    Matcha Panna Cotta
    The subtle grassy notes of quality matcha green tea powder and sweet warmth of Mexican vanilla bean combine with rich dairy to make this impressive (yet simple!) dessert.
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    Refreshing Peppermint Vanilla Ice Cream
    This ice cream is still vanilla, but gives you a mouth-feel of being refreshed because of the peppermint tea.
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    Matcha Pistachio Cookies
    Besides flavor, one of the best uses for matcha powder in baking is to take advantage of its deep green hue as a natural food colorant. These delicious green-tinged cookies cutout in the shape of trees make a unique addition to a cookie plate with a woodland or festive holiday theme...
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    Thai Tea Parfait
    Inspired by Christina Tosi’s Momofuku Milk Bar, Olivia created a Thai Tea Parfait that has a creamy gelatin base, with a cloud-like mix of Thai tea, dulce de leche and tamarind, which is layered with fresh coconut curd and a crispy almond topping...
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    Masala Chai Pumpkin Pie
    When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of pumpkin pie! I tried spicing up my pumpkin pie this year by adding masala chai to my pumpkin pie filling. The result was a pumpkin custard that had a richer, deeper spice flavor, and a sugary sweet top...
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    Masala Chai Spiced Donuts
    Choose your own adventure! This recipe is filled with decisions... Fried or Baked? Caffeinated or Not? Doughnuts or Donuts? Try out these two very different and customizable approaches to making chai-spiced donuts. Perfect for the Fall!
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    Celebration Matcha Cake with Ice Cream and Kukicha-Infused Whipped Cream
    In the celebratory spirit of this inaugural “cooking with tea” post, and the joy brought through collaboration among friends, let’s have organic matcha tea cakes and ice cream! Matcha, traditionally ...
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    Citrus and Tea Cream Pie
    Hurry! Before Meyer lemons are out of season, go make this pie! Or don’t. Just wait for the right occasion and be inspired by what citrus is in abundance at ...
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    Earl Grey Tea Madeleines
    Buttery and cake-like in texture with an ornamental, fluted shape, the madeleine is quite likely the most beautifully described cookie in literary prose. For it is the taste of ...
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    Tea-Flavored Frozen Fruit Pops
    This summer brought with it plenty of sweltering heat and an outcropping of icy treats on a stick for relief. With all the press they’re getting lately, frozen pops appear ...
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    Tea-Laced Shortbread Trio
    Requiring only a handful of ingredients, few things are more simple, yet so satisfying to make than classic shortbread. These delicate cookie complement a glass of milk or a ...
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    Smoky Lapsang Souchong Caramels
    Imagine buttery sweet combined with salt and smoke. These are the flavor components that form quite possibly the most divine confection to come from my kitchen to date. Boutique caramels, ...
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    Vanilla Bean Black Tea Plum Butter
    Living in Michigan, I am fortunate to have in my community great local farms and orchards that grow a wide variety of berries and other fruits. Compared to our long, ...
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    Minty Simple Syrup
    A delicious mint-infused simple syrup that is perfect for adding to iced tea and/or for making a mint julep on Derby Day!
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    Quick and Easy Jasmine Lemonade
    With the summer months coming, I thought I'd share my recipe for jasmine lemonade. It's my go-to when I want a simple, refreshing drink in the summer. It's also easy to modify to suit your taste!
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    Decaf Kombucha
    I used to buy Komboucha, but it was expensive and I found that some brands had a lot of caffeine. So I started making my own. Now it's pennies a serving rather than $3. And it's caffeine free so I can get my probiotic boost any time of day!
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    Thai Boba Tea (aka Thai Bubble Tea)
    In order to create thai boba tea, all you need to do is follow a regular thai iced tea recipe (included), with one extra step! It's all about knowing WHEN to add the boba. Let's get started...
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    Butter Tea from Tibet
    Butter tea, known as Po cha in Tibet, is made from churning tea, salt and yak butter. The tea used is a particularly potent, smoky type of brick tea from ...