5 Ways To Use British Bliss Tea For Your Next Afternon Tea Party

British Bliss Tea

British Bliss Tea

Afternoon tea parties require a full bodied black tea which will stand up to both sweet and savory fare.  Tea Party Girl recommends British Bliss by 10 Ten Living.  British Bliss is 100% pure Keemun tea which pairs well with nearly every food.  You will love it with cheese, salmon or quiche as well as chocolate, brown sugar or lemon flavors.  What else can you do with it?  I am glad you asked.  British Bliss Tea is a great base for a variety of creative recipes.  Here are my top 5.

British Bliss Iced Tea

#1  Classic Iced Tea – British Bliss Tea makes fantastic classic iced tea.  If you haven’t read our past articleon sweet tea here is the link Big Ole’ Sweet Iced Tea  .

Easy Fridge Iced Tea:

3 TBS British Bliss Tea in disposable tea sock  (see example here)

1 pitcher of cold water

Place the tea in the pitcher of water or the large mason jar.  Put it in the fridge for 8-12 hours.  Remove the tea sock and enjoy the excellent iced tea! You can serve iced tea with lemon or with fruit.  Keemun will hold up to it.  Tip:  If your iced tea gets cloudy simply add a few drops of boiling water.  The tea will clear right up!

British Bliss Tea Smoothis

#2 Tea Smoothies – Tea Smoothies are the rage but few people talk about the need for a great tea at the base of the recipe.  A great smoothie requires a full bodied tea.  I suggest British Bliss Tea.  Here are a couple easy to use recipes:

Banana Chocolate Tea Smoothie:

2 cups British Bliss iced tea

1 banana

1/2 cup whipping cream or half and half

1/3 cup chocolate syrup

2 cups ice

Blend it all together until smooth.  If needed add stevia or honey for sweetness.  Top with chocolate syrup swirls and a bit of whipped cream!  YUM.  Pairs great with a banana cream tart.

British Tropical Smoothie:

2 Cups British Bliss Iced Tea

1 Cup Greek Yogurt (Vanilla or Plain)

1 Stevia Packet (or Honey)

1 Cup Frozen Tropical Fruit Mix

Blend it all together until smooth!  YUM.  Top with a piece of pineapple.  Delicious!  Serve with a mango tart.

British Bliss Tea Cake

#3 Tea Cake- Did you know you can bake with British Bliss Tea?  You can.

British Bliss Tea Cakes

    2 tsp British Bliss Tea
¼ cup boiling water
⅓ cup milk
4 oz unsalted butter (at room temperature)
2 eggs
⅔ cup superfine sugar
1 ¼ cups self-raising flour
1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
1 ½ teaspoons orange marmalade
1 ½ teaspoons orange juice

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 and grease muffin tins or a cake pan.  I suggest using the Bakers spray that mixes flour and oil in a can.   Place the tea leaves  into a cup and add the boiling water.  Steep for about 3 minutes then stir in the milk and pour the liquid into a larger bowl.  Add the butter, eggs, sugar and flour to the tea mixture.  Mix on low until fully combined.  Once combined increase speed and beat the mix until it is pale and creamy.  Spoon the mix into the pan.   Bake 20 minutes for cupcakes and 25-30 for cake.  Watch it from 18 minutes on.  You want the cake to be done in the middle but not overdone!  Remove cake from the oven and let it cool.  Pop the cupcakes out or turn the cake onto a wire rack after about 5 minutes.

While you are waiting for the cake to cool mix the marmalade and sugar in a small bowl.  Add juice slowly just until you get a paste consistency.  Dip a teaspoon in hot water and spread the icing over the tops of the cooled cakes.  Let the cakes rest for 20 minutes before serving with a cup of British Bliss tea!

Torani

#4 Vanilla, Caramel and Raspberry - British Bliss will stand up to flavorings hot or iced.  I suggest using Torani coffee flavoring as it comes in both sugar free and regular.  Torani is one of the highest quality flavors available dos not leave you with the “coffee syrup” after taste.  http://www.torani.com/

Here’s some great ones to try:

Gingerbread

Hazelnut

Caramel

Vanilla

Raspberry

Mint

Pumpkin Pie

Mango

English Toffee

fudge

#5 Cocoa Fudge - Let’s make fudge using tea!  Yep, British Bliss is a great base for fudge as well.  To brew the tea for this recipe use about 1 1/2 Tablespoons of tea steeped for 3 minutes in only 1 cup of boiled water.  This should give you a strong liquid which will stand up to the cocoa fudge.

    First Step Ingredients:

3 Cups Granulated Sugar

3/4 Cup Milk
3/4 Cup British Bliss, brewed strong
3/4 Cup Cocoa, sifted

   pinch salt.

    Second Step Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Butter, cubed (1/2 cube) – won’t work with margarine!

  1 1/2 Tbsp Real Vanilla
1/2 Cup Walnuts or Sliced Almonds (if desired)
1/2 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Mini Marshmallows

Directions:

Prepare all the ingredients on your counter for quick and easy access when making the fudge.  Use a 9 by 9 glass pan and line it with parchment paper.
Place the ingredients for the first step into a large pan (2 gallon size) and beat them with a whisk till smooth. Cook on Medium heat until it reaches soft ball stage, 234°. Remove from heat and sit on the counter with a pad under it. Stir in immediately after taking off heat, the second step ingredients, one at a time, stirring each one till mixed thoroughly. Beat the mixture vigorously until it thickens. As soon as that starts to happen, immediately put mixture into your pan quickly. This recipe sets very fast and you could have a big ball of fudge on your hands. Smooth out fudge in your 9 X 9 pan and sprinkle with a few chopped walnuts. ENJOY after it cools…. with a cup of British Bliss Tea.

 

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Big Ol’ Sweet Iced Tea

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Do you long for a great cup of sweet tea?  Here is a simple recipe to get you going.  Need some inspiration?  Let Anita Renfroe give you a great big laugh!  Enjoy and share.

 

 

 

Easy Sweet Tea

1 pinch baking soda

2 cups boiling water

6 tsp Keemun, Ceylon or Assam tea (placed in a disposable tea filter)

3/4 cup white sugar

6 cups cool water

Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda into a 64-ounce, heat-proof, glass pitcher. Pour in boiling water, and add tea filters. Cover, and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
Remove tea and discard; stir in sugar until dissolved. Pour in cool water, then refrigerate until cold.  The key is making sure ALL the sugar is dissolved!

Add in ideas: Fresh mint, lemon, basil

Is Tea too much Work?

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Dear Tea Friends,

I recently came across this “classic” post from the early days of Tea Party Girl.  The founder, Jenny Wells, had some great thoughts on the time it takes to make tea and why it’s important to spend the time!  At the end of this article I have some updates on ways to save time making tea.  Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see my personal list.

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As a tea lover, educator, and promoter, it’s amazing how often I hear from people that brewing loose leaf tea is too much work.

When I began to drink tea at home, I never gave the “work” a second thought.

Again, could this be because many, many Americans don’t know the great taste and experience of a brewed pot of loose-leaf tea?

The goal of enjoying a pot of properly brewed loose-leaf tea motivated me to learn proper brewing techniques.

Yes, brewing a decent pot of tea is more work than microwaving tap-water in a mug for a bag of herb crumbs from the grocery store. And yes, making dinner Rachel Ray style is more work than visiting McDonalds. (Rachel, by the way, claims to “hate” tea and I’m wondering what kind she’s drunk…herb tea bags, maybe?). But, oh the reward, the essence, the feast of the senses properly brewed tea brings!

For those of you who are brewing loose-leaf tea at home, here are my top five tips for great tasting, smelling, and “tempatured” tea:

1. Use filtered water. A decent cup of tea (and a lousy cup of tea) is made up with 95% water. The water taste makes a tremendous difference!

2. Don’t over-boil your water. All the steam pouring out of your tea kettle while you’re off getting the mail? It’s two part hydrogen and one part oxygen,right? Water without oxygen tastes flat.

3. Learn the correct brewing times for the leaves you’re using. Green tea, for example, cannot handle the heat of boiling water or long brewing times. If the green tea you’ve tasted is bitter, this is why. Brew green tea for 2 minutes at rapid steam but not the exploding steam of boiling water.

4. Throw away the mesh balls everyone owns and no one uses for brewing loose-leaf tea. They are only good for one cup of tea at a time. Tea leaves must have room to expand if they are going to release their flavor. Purchase a tea sock,sack, or pot with an infuser instead.

5. Choose a beautiful cup (try one with a thin-lip, they far surpass chunky dime-a-dozen mugs in experiencing beauty on your lips), fill it only 2/3 full so it doesn’t cool down before you finish, and try your tea with the sugar in your treat, not your tea. (For richer blacks, a touch of milk can hit the spot).

(Yes, I fit all my favorite tips over 5 into number 5…couldn’t resist!)

Don’t forget! Only brew tea that SMELLS great.

Embrace the “work” and learn the rich reward of brewing tea daily for your health and heart!

Meet Me For Tea at Three,

Jenny

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Dawnya’s time saving, tea making, suggestions.

If life has got you on the run adapt some new technology and keep using great loose leaf tea. 

The Steep and Go by Tea Spot 

 

#1  The K Cup AdapterWhile the Keurig is not the ideal or most flavorful way to make tea, it can be adapted in a pinch.  Don’t waste your time and money buying the K-cup teas.  They are junk.  Instead buy an adapter and choose a small cut tea such as an English Breakfast.  Buy the tea loose leaf and scoop 1 1/4 tsp into the K Cup Adapter.  In 60 seconds you have tea that while not as good as brewing correctly, is tolerable in a hurry!

 

#2  Personal Iced Tea - Here’s a great way to make custom iced to on the go.  Grab a bottle of your favorite water, put a pinch of your favorite loose leaf tea in the container and add this amazing filter.  In no time you will have fresh steeped, iced tea.  Easy to drink and easy to travel.

 

#3 Brew On The Go- These easy to use disposable filters work great for both coffee and tea.  Keep them in your desk along with a tin of your favorite loose leaf tea.  Brew your water in an electric kettle and “TaDah! you are done!”  These filters are affordable and easy to take with you.

 

Tea Party Girl asksWhat’s your secret for making great tea?

A Quick and Easy Way To Make Iced Tea

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Iced Tea was created in 1904 in St. Louis, MO but believe it or not it is actually drunk in a variety of countries including; Austria, Canada, China, Thailand and Turkey. In the U.S.  85% of all tea consumed is in the iced or sweet tea form. Many of my Tea Party Girl readers are in warm locations and are requesting some help making iced tea.

First off, let me start by saying the iced tea makers available at Target and Walmart, are NOT needed.  In fact they are NOT even good. (but that is another story)

So, it would be good to know how to make it right?

A quick and easy guide to making Iced Tea.  In this article I want to share two super cool secrets to making iced tea WITHOUT alot of time and energy.

 

 

Here’s what you will need:

 

Great Loose Leaf Tea. ( I suggest black tea for iced tea such as a Ceylon or a full bodied Kemun.)

A Large Tea Sac

A Pitcher of Filtered Water ( approx 2 quart)

 

Here’s what you do:

Place 16 teaspoons of loose leaf tea in a large tea sack.  Place in pitcher of cold water.  Make sure the tea sack is saturated with the water and place the tea pitcher in the fridge.  Wait overnight or 8 hours.

DONE!

 

Yep.  That is the way the professionals do it and you can too!  You don’t need an iced tea machine.  You don’t have to boil the water.  All you need to do is put it in the fridge and wait.

 

Can’t wait? (Try this neat trick!)

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what you will need:

 

Loose leaf tea

A Martini Shaker – pre- chilled

Ice

Boiling Water

Teapot

Tea Sac or Tea Filter

 

If using a 4 cup teapot use 8 tsp. tea.  Brew the pot of tea using the tea sack or tea filter for the tea.  Use boiling water and steep for 5 minutes.  Fill the martini shaker with ice. Pour the tea over the ice in the martini shaker.  Put the top on the shaker and shake till the ice is melted and the tea is cool.

Pour the tea into a glass, add a sprig of mint, lemon or fruit.  Repeat.

 

Not only will you amaze your guests... you will look super cool doing this!

 

Like this?  Read these articles:

A Crash Course in Ceylon Tea

How to Make Inexpensive Iced Tea that Wows Your Friends

The Guide to Planning a Tea Party–Spring Edition

 

Tea Party Girl Asks: What is your favorite tea to use for iced tea?