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Chocolate Chip Tea Cakes
How do I make chocolate chip tea cakes to go with my gourmet tea?
From tea and crumpets to tea and biscuits, the ritual of drinking tea is always better with a tasty treat. Nestle offers a recipe for delicious chocolate chip teacakes to go with your piping hot cup of gourmet tea.
- 1 cup (or 2 sticks) of softened butter
- 1/2 cup of powdered sugar (sifted)
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 cups of white flour
- 2/3 cup of finely chopped nuts
- 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350° F.
Beat butter and powdered sugar in a large mixer bowl until it reaches a creamy consistency. Slowly add vanilla extract. Gradually add the flour and your choice of nuts. Stir in chocolate chips. Form 1-inch balls of dough and place 1/2 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Cool for 2 minutes on a baking sheet and let cool completely before enjoying.
Chocolate Tea: Delicious and Nutritious
Is chocolate tea actually good for me?
You love chocolate and you love tea. Why not combine the two? Now you can, and you don't even have to brew it yourself. There are so many kinds of ready-to-brew chocolate teas on the market today, including chocolate mint truffle, masala chocolate truffle, chocolate orange truffle and Mayan chocolate truffle herbal tea. It's not only delicious; it's also nutritious (in moderation, of course). Consider this:
Both chocolate and tea can be great for your health. They both contain antioxidants, so they may help your body cleanse itself of toxins. Additionally, a study out of Oxford has shown that there are properties in tea and chocolate that may help improve cognitive function. Who knew that something so delicious could also be good for you?
So, the next time you crave a sweet treat, grab a bag of chocolate gourmet tea. It tastes great, and in moderation, it can be great for your body.
Celebrate Chocolate with a Chocolate Tea Party
What kind of chocolate tea are available?
From green chocolate tea and decaf chocolate tea to herbal chocolate tea and pure chocolate tea, there are many different chocolate teas to try. So why not invite your friends to a tea party to try them all? Here's what you do:
Search out a premium outlet that offers gourmet chocolate tea, like Mighty Leaf Tea. Buy at least three different kinds of chocolate tea so you can get an idea of the different flavors available. Some examples of tea you might want to try are: chocolate mint truffle, masala chocolate truffle, chocolate orange truffle and Mayan chocolate truffle herbal tea.
Follow the directions on each box and boil enough water to brew all of the teas at the same time, (you may have to use two kettles). Read each box to discover the regions where each tea was cultivated. Break out your favorite tea set, pour a little bit of tea in each cup and take turns sipping the tea. Discuss the different aroma and flavors with your guests. At the end of the tasting, you'll not only have learned a bit about the chocolate teas, but hopefully you'll have discovered a favorite among them.
Chocolate Tea Bread Recipe
How do I make chocolate tea bread?
Offering a nice, hot cup of gourmet tea is a wonderful way to greet a friend. And it's even better if you serve it with a sweet treat. There are many chocolate tea bread recipes online, including this favorite from the Grand Union Tea Cook Book.
- 1-1/2 c flour
- 1-1/3 c sugar
- 1/3 c cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 c softened butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c apple sauce
- 1/3 c of water
- 1/3 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 c nuts (chopped)
Cream butter and add sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly mixed. Then gradually add baking soda, salt, baking powder, apple sauce and water to the mixture.
Beat for 30 seconds with electric mixer on low speed, and then 3 minutes on high speed.
Pour into two greased and floured 7 and-a-half x 3 x 2-inch loaf pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes. Cool in pan for five minutes, slice, serve and enjoy!
History of Chocolate Tea
Where did chocolate come from?
In modern times, we've really found amazing ways to use chocolate to enhance our lives. There are chocolate facials, chocolate-dipped fruit, chocolate tea cakes and chocolate gourmet tea. Chocolate is so readily available that it is almost taken for granted these days, but in the past, this wasn’t the case.
Chocolate is made from the cocoa bean of the Cacao Tree. The Mayans and Aztecs initially enjoyed it as a beverage in the 15th century in what is now modern-day Mexico. The pure chocolate beverage was so revered that it was sipped during sacred ceremonies. In both the Aztec and Mayan civilizations, priests presented cocoa beans as gifts to the gods.
Those who experience the stimulating nature of Mighty Leaf’s Mayan Chocolate Truffle Herbal Tea may be inclined to agree with the priests. Chocolate lightly blends with chili, red pepper, apple and strawberry in a caffeine free herbal offering.
Though it’s unlikely that the Mayans and Aztecs enjoyed the same chocolate gourmet tea today’s connoisseur revere, one can assume the gods would be pleased either way.
Stay Warm with Delicious Chocolate Tea
How do I brew my own chocolate tea?
Online or in store, you know where to buy tea you love. However, did you also know that you can just as easily brew your own gourmet tea at home? On those cold days where you just don't feel like leaving the house, try this delicious chocolate tea recipe from Hotel Chocolat:
- 3 Bombay Chai teabags
- 1 c of water
- 1 c of whole or skim milk
- 2 oz of liquid chocolate
Place tea bags in a pot from your tea set. Boil water in a separate kettle and pour over the tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes, stir occasionally and then remove the teabags.
Simultaneously warm the milk in a separate pan over medium heat, but do not boil the milk.
Add the tea to pan with the milk and bring to a simmer.
Add the liquid chocolate and keep stirring until all of it dissolves within the milk/tea mixture.
Pour into mugs, serve and enjoy!
Chocolate Tea Cake that You'll Be Sure to Love
How do you make chocolate tea cake?
Here's a great recipe from Allrecipes.com to make your own chocolate tea cake - which is, as the name suggests, a delicious as a companion to a cup of piping hot tea.
- 4 egg whites
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 c of butter
- 1-2/3 c of sugar
- 1 c of cold black tea (brewed)
- 2 c of white, all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 tbsp baking powder
- 1/3 c bread crumbs (dry)
- 1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 c of chopped hazelnuts
Preheat oven to 360 degrees F. Grease and then flour a 9” Bundt pan. Cream the egg yolks, butter and white sugar together in a large bowl – until it is light and fluffy. Slowly add the black tea and beat it in. Next, toss the flour, baking powder, bread crumbs, cocoa powder, and hazelnuts together; gently fold it into the mixture until consistent.
In a large bowl, whip the egg whites. Then gently fold the egg whites into the batter. Next, pour the entire mixture into the Bundt pan.
Bake for 65 to 75 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the cake, comes out cleanly. Cool cake in the pan for 20 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely. Slice, serve with gourmet tea and enjoy!
Tasty Green Tea Truffles
How do you make green tea truffles?
Check out this great recipe for Green Tea Truffles from Recipezaar.com. Who knew that mixing green gourmet tea and chocolate could be so delicious?
- 1/2 lb chocolate pieces (bittersweet)
- 3/4 cups half-and-half (can be fat-free)
- 4 decaf green gourmet tea bags
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
Bring half-and-half cream to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and add 4 decaf green tea bags. Allow to steep 5 minutes.
Place chocolate pieces in a medium bowl.
Gently squeeze tea bags over warm half-and-half to saucepan to extract extra flavor. Discard tea bags. Simmer the mixture, pour over chocolate pieces and stir. Place the bowl in the freezer and cool until it hardens, (about 11 minutes - stirring every 2.5 minutes). When the chocolate blend is chilled and hardened, simply scoop out about 2 tsp pieces and form 1-inch balls using your palms. Repeat until all of the chocolate is rolled. Sprinkle with cocoa powder and enjoy!
The Latest in Tea and Chocolate Desserts
What kinds of tea and chocolate desserts are available?
Tea and chocolate have always been a great combination. There are even chocolate desserts specifically designed to eat in combination with drinking a cup of tea. Chocolate chip tea cakes, chocolate tea bread and chocolate drop tea cake are just some of the staples that have been eaten for hundreds of years. Luckily, for the gourmet tea and chocolate connoisseur, the tea desserts have not stopped there. Now there are desserts made with both tea and chocolate. Check out these delectable green tea and chocolate dessert treats that you may have never heard of:
White Chocolate-Mint Ice Cream Profiterole consists of a delicious blend of macadamia cream puffs, peanut brittle and a white chocolate-tea glaze.
White Chocolate Green-Tea Ice Cream is a tasty side to your favorite after-dinner tea.
Green Tea Chocolate Cheesecake is a scrumptious Japanese recipe consisting of chocolate chips and green tea powder.
Green Tea Chocolate Balls are yummy truffles made up of green tea and chocolate.
No matter which way you go with your dessert choice, be assured that your tea drinking ritual will be extra delicious with these tasty treats.
All About Matcha Tea
What is matcha tea and where can I buy it?
Matcha tea is a powdered green tea that was invented in China during the 10th Century. Although the Chinese invented it, it is the primary tea used in the Japanese tea ceremony. It is worth every penny as it is a quality tea, specially grown under shade-trees, and stone ground into a fine powder.
Matcha is not only enjoyed as a tea, it is also an ingredient used in desserts like Swiss rolls, cheesecake, green tea chocolate cake, mousse, truffles and ice cream. It is generally combined with chocolate to create a delicious flavor that people all over the world enjoy. Additionally, matcha has also been marketed as an energy drink - incorporated into shakes, smoothies and lattes.
If you're thinking about trying matcha or just trying to figure out where to buy tea online, look no further than MightyLeaf.com.