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Bigelow Tea Makes It Easy To Be Gluten Free For Celiac Disease Awareness Month

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May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month, an important time to educate the public about an autoimmune disorder that affects an estimated 3 million Americans who are unable to digest gluten. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness believes 95 percent of celiac sufferers remain undiagnosed.  The good news is that many people with celiac disease—and those found to have gluten sensitivity—are finding that following a gluten-free diet is not nearly as difficult as it once was. Here at Bigelow Tea, we’re happy to see so many gluten-free products on grocery store shelves and want to assure you that all of our current teas are formulated to be gluten free!

We also have an extensive and ever-growing archive of gluten-free recipes that get a major flavor boost from several Bigelow Tea varieties. Try Chamomile Braised Chicken made with our Cozy Chamomile Herb Tea for dinner tonight! Yum!

Eating in restaurants poses additional challenges for anyone trying to avoid gluten. Alice Bast, founder of NFCA, offers several tips for eating out and informing your servers. For instance, some chefs may not realize that a pot used for boiling regular pasta should not be used to boil gluten-free pasta.

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And, of course, it’s a good idea to bring along your favorite individually wrapped Bigelow Teas when dining out. Right now, with spring in the air, we’re craving fruit-infused teas, which are so refreshing after a meal. Green Tea with Mango or I Love Lemon Herb Tea would make the perfect gluten-free finale!

Image by Ongjulian via Wikimedia.org

Bigelow Tea Offers Last-Minute Mother’s Day Suggestions

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For a mom on the go, how about our brand new “Find Your Balance” hoodie? Luxuriously soft with a flattering shape, this hoodie will accompany Mom to the spa, on errands or on any casual day at home. Best of all, it has a tiny pocket on the front that’s just big enough for a key or your favorite Bigelow Tea bag!

Don’t stop there! Surprise her with another delight: a delicious treat everyone has a hand in making. Cook up family-friendly recipes like our Pomegranate Yogurt Dip and Fresh Fruit or Chewy Chocolate Mint Brownies. Happy Mother’s Day … and enjoy your time together as a family!

Pomegranate Yogurt Dip and Fresh Fruit

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Ingredients:

1 cup (250mL) plain yogurt (non-fat yogurt not recommended)
¼ cup (60mL) boiling water
Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herb Tea Bags
3 tablespoons (45mL) powdered sugar
Chopped dried cranberries for garnish (optional)

Prep time: 10 minutes – Cook Time: 10 minutes.

Yield: Serves 4

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Instructions:

Pour boiling water over Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herb tea bags. Let stand for 10 minutes. Mix yogurt and powdered sugar. Add 4 tablespoons (60mL) tea mixture and stir well. Place in an attractive bowl and garnish with cranberries (if desired). Place a variety of fruit such as pineapple, kiwi, mango, papaya and bananas around the dip

Chewy Chocolate Mint Brownies

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Ingredients:

Bigelow® Plantation Mint Tea Bags (or Bigelow Mint Medley® Herb Tea Bags)
½ cup water
1 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
4 large eggs, room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
9×13 inch baking pan, greased and floured

Yield: One 9″ x 13″ pan

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Instructions:

These chewy brownies are packed with intense chocolate and mint flavor, thanks to Bigelow® Plantation Mint Tea. If you prefer a caffeine-free tea alternative, substitute the same amount of Bigelow Mint Medley® Herb Tea.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set the rack on the middle setting.

Place tea bags in ½ cup of hot water. Set aside to cool, and then remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid from bags.

Meanwhile, place 1-¼ cups of the chocolate chips and butter in a metal bowl. Set over a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water, to create a double-boiler. Heat on low and let chocolate and butter melt, stirring frequently.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs and sugars until well blended. Add the cooled tea mixture and whisk to combine. Add a few tablespoons of the melted chocolate/butter combination to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Add the remaining chocolate and incorporate. Lastly, add the flour and remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips, mixing until smooth.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake approximately 25 minutes. Center will feel firm but still moist. Bake 5-10 minutes longer for a drier brownie. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into 20 squares.

Yield:  24 Servings

 

For The Perfect Mother’s Day, Bigelow Tea’s Got You Covered!

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It’s never too early to start planning a party … especially one for Mom! Yes, Mother’s Day is coming soon, and Bigelow Tea wants to help you make it a great day for the mothers in your life.

Starting the day with a decadent brunch is one way to go, and we’ve got a recipe (below) for Vanilla & Cinnamon Baked Challah French Toast—featuring our Cinnamon Stick and French Vanilla teas!—that is unbelievably tastyand easy for the other family members to put together. No, Mom, you’re not allowed in the kitchen today!

After breakfast, pamper Mom with a few thoughtful cards and gifts. Handmade items from young children will turn into treasured keepsakes, and a tin full of Bigelow Tea will keep her heart warm for months! Our I Love Mom Tin of Tea (pictured at top) filled with 128 tea bags is a great way to go!

So don’t wait till the last minute; start preparing for your Mother’s Day extravaganza now. With a little advance planning, the day will go off without a hitch! By the end of the day, she’ll be sipping her favorite Bigelow Tea and thinking about just how lucky she is!

Vanilla & Cinnamon Baked Challah French Toast

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Ingredients:

12 slices of Challah bread, cut in half on the diagonal
½ cup of hot water
Bigelow® Cinnamon Stick Tea Bags and 2 Bigelow® French Vanilla Tea Bags

6 eggs
1 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 – 8 oz package cream cheese, cut into small cubes
Non-stick cooking spray (preferably plain or butter flavor)

Yield: Serves 6-8

Instructions:

This do-ahead dish makes a perfect breakfast for overnight guests. It can be completely assembled the night before, and will bake while you’re brewing the morning tea. Serve with a fresh fruit salad for a delicious start to your day.

Lightly coat the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Steep 5 tea bags in ½ cup of water for 5 minutes, and allow to cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs and salt. Add cooled tea and whisk to combine.

Arrange a layer of Challah bread in the prepared baking dish, and evenly distribute half of the cream cheese cubes on top.

Add a second layer of Challah bread, and slowly pour egg mixture over the top, allowing it to completely soak all the bread.

Top with remaining cream cheese cubes, cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight (or at least 2 hours).

The next morning, remove from refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the dish is completely set and lightly browned.

Cut into squares and serve with maple syrup if desired.

Bigelow Tea’s Spicy Pineapple Pork, A Classic Recipe Featuring Our Classic “Constant Comment”®

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Bigelow Tea
 has got you covered for dinner tonight! It’s tangy, delicious and features our renowned “Constant Comment” tea! Bigelow Tea recipes are all about a taste fusion, plus ease of preparation … and our scintillating Spicy Pineapple Pork is a perfect example! We’re not sure if it’s the tangy pineapple, the succulent pork or the spicy jalapeno that has us smacking our lips, but we know that they’re all tied together brilliantly with our “Constant Comment” sauce reduction. Your family will be praising dinner tonight!

So if you’ve got 25 minutes and want to prepare a flavorful meal that “wows” the whole family, this recipe is just the ticket. Enjoy!

Spicy Pineapple Pork

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons (60m) butter, divided
2 – 1 pound (1kg) pork tenderloins, cut into 8 medallions each
Salt (to sprinkle over pork medallions)
Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea Bags – allow to steep for 10 minutes
¾ (180mL) hot water
1 medium red bell pepper
1 cup (250mL) pineapple chunks, drained, reserve juice
2 tablespoons (30mL) fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
Dash of cinnamon
1 tablespoon (15mL) fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Yield: Serves: 6 – Prep time: 10 minutes – Cook time: 25 minutes.

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Instructions:

Heat 1 tablespoon (15mL) butter in large skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle pork medallions with salt. Add pork medallions to pan and cook 5-6 minutes per side or until pork is slightly pink. Place pork on serving plate and keep warm.

Brew Bigelow Constant Comment® tea in hot water; allow to steep for 10 minutes. Discard the tea bags, squeezing to extract as much liquid as possible.

Melt remaining butter in same skillet, add red bell peppers and cook about 3 minutes or until crisp tender. Reduce heat to low, add pineapple, reserved juice, Constant Comment® Tea, ginger root, jalapeno pepper and cinnamon. Simmer until liquid is reduced to half.

To serve, spoon pineapple mixture over cooked pork pieces, sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.

 

Spring Into Easter Celebrations With Bigelow Tea!

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The Easter season is in full bloom with family gatherings, special foods and the joys of spring. Here at Bigelow Tea, we are so ready for sunny days and tulips in the garden–enjoyed while sipping tea, of course! With that in mind, we’re delighted to share a few of our favorite spring-inspired recipes (below) to grace your Easter buffet or party table, as well as a lovely gift basket that any tea lover would appreciate. With 40 individually wrapped tea bags in five flavors, sugar cookies and a brightly decorated mug, our Floribunda Basket pictured below makes an ideal hostess gift! Enjoy!

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Orange & Spice Pureed Carrot

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Ingredients:

2 pounds (1kg) carrots, peeled and cut into 1-2 inch pieces
12  Bigelow Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags*
½ cup (125mL) milk
2 tablespoons (30mL) butter, melted
Ground pepper and salt to taste
5 shallots, peeled
1 ½ cups (375mL) vegetable oil
3 tablespoons (45mL) butter

Yield: Serves 6

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*Variations: Try using Bigelow Constant Comment Tea 

Instructions:

Prepare the carrots. Add 8 Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags to 4 cups (1L) of boiling water; let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Cover carrots with tea and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, infuse milk by heating with 4  Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags.

Drain carrots and puree in a food processor and add melted butter and infused milk. The carrots should be very smooth. Place in a casserole and garnish if desired with crispy shallots.

To make the garnish—slice shallots into very thin rings. In a saucepan heat oil with butter over medium-low heat until it begins to bubble, add shallots and cook until they are a rich golden brown; about 30-40 minutes. Stir shallots occasionally while they are cooking to make sure they brown evenly. Remove shallots from oil, drain. Once the shallots have dried and are crisped, they can be stored for several days. Serve shallots on top of carrots

Minty Peas

Ingredients:

1/3 cup (90mL) whipping cream
Bigelow® Mint Medley® Herb Tea Bags
1 pound bag (1kg) frozen peas
3 tablespoons (45mL) unsalted butter
Fresh mint for garnish

Yield: Serves 4

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Instructions:

Heat whipping cream, add tea bags. Let steep 5 minutes; remove bags, squeezing out excess.

Cook peas in microwave for approximately 8-9 minutes or until heated thoroughly, do not overcook as the peas will lose their shape.

Melt butter, combine with tea-infused cream, season with salt and pepper. Toss peas with cream mixture and serve hot. Garnish with mint if desired.

Photo by lukens via Flickr.com

For Passover, Bigelow Tea Offers Kosher Teas

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Being a family-owned company, we at Bigelow Tea have great respect for traditions that bring multiple generations together. As Passover begins on March 25, we are fond of the holiday’s custom of gathering loved ones around the dinner table to share in the Passover Seder.

For our friends who keep Kosher, we wanted to let you know that many Bigelow Teas can be served at your family meal. Some of our most popular flavors have been certified as Kosher for Passover. They include our first tea, “Constant Comment”®, Cinnamon Stick, English Teatime, Earl Grey, Plantation Mint and many more! You can even try our recipe for Plantation Mint Punch with Lime, below, which makes for a unique and refreshing beverage.

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Finally, if you’re attending a Seder or other Passover event, you can be the most popular guest by bringing our Tea-licious Basket! All 104 tea bags in this round and reusable basket are certified Kosher for Passover. Varieties include black, green, herbal and decaffeinated teas.

Happy Passover from our Bigelow Tea family to yours!

Plantation Mint Punch with Lime

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Ingredients:

4 cups water
6 Bigelow Plantation Mint® Tea Bags
6 tablespoons honey
½ cup fresh lime juice
1 cup Rose’s Lime Juice
3 cups club soda, chilled

Yield: Serves 6

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Instructions:

Place 4 cups boiling water over tea bags in heat-stable container. Let steep 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, add honey and stir until dissolved. Let cool. Pour the tea base into a 3-1/2 quart pitcher. Add fresh lime juice and Rose’s lime juice. Stir. Just before serving, add chilled club soda. Pour into ice-filled glasses and serve.

Top image by Edsel Little via Flickr.com

Kathy Patalsky From The Happy.Healthy.Life Whips Up An Amazing Recipe Using Our “Constant Comment”® Bigelow Tea!

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Earlier this month we introduced you to our March Fan of the Month, Kathy Patalsky, a vegan chef from Happy.Healthy.Life and Bigelow Tea lover. Today we’d like to share with you a mouth-watering recipe she created using Bigelow’s “Constant Comment“® Tea.

Kathy’s Citrus & Spice Tea Banana Bread is moist, vegan and can even be made with a delectable “cream cheese” glaze. You can also add diced apples for extra moisture and sweetness. Yum!

Of course, as Kathy notes on her website, the Citrus & Spice Tea Banana Bread pairs deliciously with a cup of Bigelow Tea. “Plus,” she says, “this bread baking in the oven will fill your house with an amazing scent. Some people like to burn candles …  well skip the candle and just bake this bread!”Here’s the recipe. Let us know if you try it … and which Bigelow Tea variety you sipped while tasting it!

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“Constant Comment” Tea-Infused Citrus Spice Banana Bread

vegan, makes one loaf

Dry ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup rolled oats (optional)
1 tsp salt

 

Banana/liquid mix ingredients:

1 1/2 bananas, mashed
1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup orange or tangerine juice + 1/4 tsp orange zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp flax seeds
3/4 cup boiling water + 1 “Constant Comment” tea bag (steeped tea)

Topping ingredients:

Sprinkle of sugar + sprinkle of citrus zest + sprinkle of cinnamon

Optional add-in’s:

* 1/4 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans would be perfect!)
* 1/2 cup diced apple (I tried this on my second time testing the recipe and it was amazing.)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
3. Heat 3/4 cup of water in microwave or boil on stove. Add the “Constant Comment” tea bag and allow to steep for about five minutes – until dark amber gold in color.
4. In a small bowl, combine the tea, mashed banana, oil, vanilla extract, flax seeds and orange juice + zest. Mash this all together to soften the bananas even more. This mixture should be warm from the hot tea.
5. Pour the banana mixture into the large mixing bowl and fold until well combined.
6. Grease a standard loaf pan. Pour the batter into the pan.
7. Top the batter with a sprinkle of sugar, cinnamon and orange zest.
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until cooked through.
9. Allow to cool before slicing and serving.

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Optional: This loaf is pretty dreamy all on its own, but if desired you can whip up a cream cheese drizzle to pour over top!

“Cream Cheese” Glaze for Bread

makes about 3/4 cup of glaze

1/2 cup vegan cream cheese
1/4 maple or agave syrup
1/4 cup powdered sugar, organic
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp vanilla or orange extract

Soften the cream cheese and beat all ingredients together until silky. Place in fridge until ready to serve over top a warm slice of tea bread.

 

Bigelow Tea Is Seeing Green On St. Patrick’s Day!

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St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated March 17 (on Sunday this year), causing merriment to surround all things Irish! St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of all things green, just like the month of March, which Bigelow Tea celebrates as a grand green month!

Ireland has observed St. Patrick’s Day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years, but here in the New World celebrating St. Pat has been more recent–the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade has only been around for around 250 years! St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures, and most of us have heard the traditional story of him banishing all the snakes from Ireland. But St. Patrick’s Day has evolved, here in the U.S., into a day of wearing green and sharing the camaraderie of friend … Irish or not!

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Yes, green is our thing this month and Bigelow Tea is proud to feature our wide selection of outstanding Green Teas for your pleasure. Like our Green Tea with Mint—a blendin’ of the green that is just the ticket for the wearin’ of the green! It’s part of all the green that March brings us, like the blooming of spring flowers, watching golfers getting back on the greens, and even the punk-rock group Green Day revving up a new March tour!

Bigelow tea knows how to ramp up the power of green too. May we suggest the ubiquitous Greenie Mar-TEA-ni for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration? Shake things up with this TEA-lightful Bigelow Tea signature beverage, featuring our Green Tea with Pomegranate. Let us help you celebrate the drinkin’ of the green with Bigelow Tea on this St. Patrick’s Day!

Greenie Mar-TEA-ni – Sweetened with Agave

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Ingredients:

Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags (or any flavored Bigelow Green Tea)
1¼ cups boiling water
2 teaspoons agave nectar
4 ounces vodka
Garnish with a twist of lemon

Yield: Serves 4

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Instructions:

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add agave nectar and stir until it dissolves.

To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea and mix it with one ounce of the vodka. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Image by kkmarais via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Is Looking Forward To The Big Game!

It’s almost here: Super Bowl XLVII (that’s #47 for us “Roman numeral-deficient” types)! We’re seriously revved up at Bigelow Tea for the big game Sunday, and all of the pomp and circumstance that surrounds it. The game is being played at the newly named and renovated Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, and it’s not just a game … it’s an event!

From the pre-game to the super halftime show featuring musical icon Beyonce to the whole amazing city of New Orleans, this will be one Super Party. If you happen to be throwing a party, let Bigelow Tea provide some Super beverages and appetizers for your guests, like our Sangri–Tea-ahhhh Iced Tea Lemonade and our Miniature Vegetable Quiches
(both recipes below) that both taste great!

We even expect an exciting game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. We know our good Bigelow Tea friend (and Super Bowl XXI MVP Quarterback) Phil Simms will be watching for sure. He’s not only one of the greatest New York Giants in history—he’s one of the best Bigelow Tea spokesmen ever!

So, in anticipation of Sunday, here are a few “Super Facts” we wanted to share!

Super Fact: it has been 10 years since the big game has been played in the SuperdomeOn February 3, 2002 the New England Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams 20-17 in the Superdome.

Super Fact: Phil Simms’s MVP passing performance in the big game XXI is still considered one of the greatest in history!

Super Fact: the best seats for the big game are actually at home with friends, family and a cup of Bigelow Tea! Throw in a snack like Mini Vegetable Quiches made with Bigelow Tea, and you will be all set for kickoff! Enjoy!

Sangri–Tea-ahhhh Iced Tea Lemonade (Red)

Ingredients:

4 cups boiling water
2 bag Bigelow Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade with Pomegranate
3 tablespoons sugar
3 cups fresh fruit including oranges, lemons, peaches and apples ( Red, Fuji or both) cut into bite sized pieces
½ cup Brandy
½ -1 liter of any flavor sparkling seltzer water
1-750mL bottle of Merlot

Makes 4 servings Prep Time: 15-20 minutes Chill Time: 1 hour or overnight

Instructions:

Place tea bags in a 4-cup glass measure. Add boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags, add sugar, and stir to dissolve. Add brandy and fruit to tea concentrate. Refrigerate 1 hour (or up to one day for a stronger flavor). When ready to serve, combine chilled mixture with wine and sparkling seltzer water. Pour into ice filled pitcher.

Serve and enjoy!

Miniature Vegetable Quiches

Ingredients:

Tea Concentrate:

10 bags Bigelow Green Tea
1 cup boiling water

Vegetable Tea Mixture:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup diced colored bell peppers
½ cup asparagus tips: cut into small pieces, 1/2 – 1 inch
½ cup frozen peas
1 tablespoon minced shallots
¼ cup tea concentrate 

Egg Mixture:

6 large eggs
½ cup half and half
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
4-ounces (1/2 of an 8-ounce) package cream cheese, slightly softened, cut into 18-20 pieces
Dill, optional garnish

Yield: 18 to 24 miniature quiches depending on size of mini-muffin tin (About 1 ½ cups vegetable mixture.)

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 15 to 18 minutes

Top image by Iam_chihange via Flickr.com

Baking With Our January Fan Of The Month And Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea!

Earlier this month we introduced you to Tiffany King, our January Fan of the Month! Tiffany, who home schools her children, also creates recipes and writes about home cooking on her Eat at Home blog. Best of all, even though she’s super-busy, Tiffany always manages to find time for a cup of Bigelow Tea!

Recently Tiffany was inspired to create some sweet, spiced muffins using Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea! We wanted to share the recipe for Spiced Chai Tea Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Topping with you today. We hope you’ll break out the muffin pan and give it a try!

Spiced Chai Tea Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 Tbs. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 stick butter, softened
2 eggs
1/4 cup strong brewed Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla

For the topping:

5 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 Tbs. butter
5 Tbs. flour

Instructions:

Stir flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
In a mixer bowl, mix butter, sugar and eggs.
Add brewed tea, milk and vanilla to wet ingredients and mix till well blended.
Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir gently till well combined.
Divide evenly between 12 muffin tins.
Using a fork, combine all ingredients for topping until you have crumbs.
Sprinkle on top of muffins.
Bake at 400 degrees 15-20 minutes.

Yield: 1 dozen muffins

Notes: To make the strong, brewed tea use 1 or 2 tea bags and 1/4 cup boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes.