Why not try adding your favorite tea to a recipe? Loose leaf tea is a delicious and nutritious way to enhance the flavor of many dishes, from salads to main courses. Use loose tea in soaps and candles to enhance a bathroom or kitchen. I have even seen tea blends pressed between glass to create amazing art, sealed around cups and pressed into decretive serving dishes and bowls that are so stunning, you can't believe it is actually TEA!!
Pick out a fun recipe below and give it a whirl! If you have a great recipe idea, please email it in to firstname.lastname@example.org! We are always looking to share more inventive ways to use loose leaf tea. If your recipe is picked as "The Recipe of the Month", we will send you 4oz. of one of our top teas for FREE! Make sure to include your name and add a little insight about your recipe with a photo of your creation. Your recipe can be food, soaps, candles, lotions, cosmetics, art, etc... we love the creativity!!
Combine all ingredients and form the meatballs with the mixture
Brown meatballs for a few minutes in a frying pan coated with olive oil
Drain when done cooking and add your favorite pasta sauce. YUM!
Organic oven baked chicken is a healthy protein choice and another family favorite.
This is easy and a twist on the usual breading that everyon will love. Simply mix up your favorite breading recipe with lemon zest and add a teaspoon of True Leaf Tea, Organic Sweet Pear Delight.
Dip chicken breasts in a thick yogurt first then generously pat the breading mix on both sides and bake. The citrus aroma alone is to die for!
Earl Grey Tea Cookies
makes 2 dozen
Preheat oven to 375°F. Pulse together all the dry ingredients in a food processor until the tea leaves are pulverized.
Add vanilla, water, and butter. Pulse together until a dough is formed. Form the dough into a log onto a piece of wax or parchment paper. Wrap the paper around and roll the log smooth. Freeze now, or chill for at least 30 minutes.
When chilled, slice the log into 1/3 inch thick pieces. Place on baking sheets and bake until the edges are just brown, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks.
The same recipe makes great cup cakes or a delicious layer cake
Original Recipe Yield 1 - 2 layer 9 inch cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 - 9 inch round pans. Sift together the all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking soda, salt, and green tea powder; set aside.
In a large bowl, beat together sugar, oil, and eggs until smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the yogurt, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 30 minutes before turning out of the pans.
To make Green Tea Frosting: Sift together confectioners' sugar and green tea powder. In a medium bowl, combine tea mixture with butter, cream cheese, vanilla and milk. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
To assemble the cakes: when the cakes are completely cooled, put one layer on a flat serving plate. Spread a thin layer of frosting over it. Place the other layer of cake on top, and spread frosting to cover the top and sides of cake. Dust with green tea powder if desired. Serve cold or at room temperature.
Green Tea powder, called Matcha has a slightly powerful taste but it's color is the real showstopper. It's a beautiful lime green! Matcha is the whole tea leaf that has been crushed to a fine powder so you're getting the full health benefit of the tea. It's full of antioxidants, polyphenols, EGCG.... it's basically as good for your body as it is for your tastebuds!
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup natural sweetner such as Stevia)
Pinch of salt
2 cups heavy cream
4 teaspoons matcha tea
6 large egg yolks
Warm the milk, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan. Pour the cream into a large bowl and whisk in the Matcha. Set a mesh strainer on top.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm mixture into the egg yolks, whicking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heartproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, unitl the mixture thickens and coast the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream, then whisk it vigorously until the custard is frothy to dissolve the Matcha. Stir until cool over an ice bath. Chill the mixture throughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker (very inexpensive machine if you don't already have one). In no time you have made a beautiful LIME GREEN, healthy treat!
After steeping a cup of our Organic Vanilla Rooibos tea and letting is chill, mix it with your favorite Vodka and garnish the glass with some Vanilla powder(available in the spice isle or coffee section at gourmet grocery store)
After steeping a cup of our Organic Ruby Sipper tea and letting it chill mix it with equal parts raspberry vodka and strawberry vodka. Garnish with a fresh slice of strawberry.
After steeping a cup of Organic Apple Crisp green tea and letting is chill mix it with fresh mint leaves and apple vodka and finish with a garnish of bright green apple slices.
Loose Tea can be used in candles, soaps and so much more. These make great gift ideas and unique conversations pieces for your own home!
For those of you who are arts and crafts oriented, you will love adding a visually appealing tea such as our herbal teas and Tisanes to your favorite soap or candle recipe!( I suggest our Organic Texas Gold Rush tea for its festive colors and amazing aroma.)