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Bigelow Tea Has Fantastic Recipes for Gluten Free Diet Awareness Month!

November is Gluten-free Diet Awareness Month and to celebrate, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness is saluting organizations that support celiac disease and gluten free communities. We at Bigelow Tea also support these communities and are proud to share that all of our current Bigelow Teas are gluten-free.

People diagnosed with Celiac Disease make great efforts to consume a diet free of gluten. At Bigelow Tea, we’re all about choice, so along with our gluten free teas, we also have a ton of great recipes that are gluten free!  Here’s one festive fall recipe,

Creamy Custard Rice Pudding made with Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea. It’s sure to sweeten up any lunch or dinner you put out this busy month. Enjoy!

Creamy Custard Rice Pudding made with Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea

 Ingredients:

11 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags
¾ cup raw long grain rice
5 eggs
¾ cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
6 cups whole milk
Pinch of salt
Handful of raisins

Serves 8

Instructions:

Pour 1-1/2 cups boiling water over 3 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags. Steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags without squeezing.
In a saucepan, return tea to boiling. Add rice and stir. Cook over high heat until tea returns to a low boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook rice according to package directions, approximately 20 minutes.
In a large saucepan, scald 6 cups milk to which 8 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags have been added. Remove tea bags without squeezing.
In a large bowl, beat eggs with fork. Add rice, sugar, salt, raising and vanilla. Gradually add milk and mix well.
Pour mixture into 2-1/2 quart baking dish. Place into larger pan filled with 1 inch boiling water.
Bake in 350 degree over for 60 minutes.
Remove from oven. Remove skin from top layer of custard and discard. Stir gently to evenly distribute rice.
Refrigerate. Serve chilled. Garnish with whipped cream.

Rice pudding image via Flickr from WorththeWisk.com

On Thanksgiving, Share A Recipe With Your Family Featuring Bigelow Tea

Cindi Bigelow’s Thanksgiving Day Table

At Bigelow Tea two of our favorite things are food and family. That’s what makes Thanksgiving one of our most beloved days of the year! On that annual day of giving thanks, people all over the country take time to gather with loved ones and share traditional dishes like Grandma’s stuffing and Aunt Susie’s cranberry sauce. If your family and friends are not too resistant to change, you just might want to try one of the following Bigelow Tea recipes … each made with tea as an ingredient!

We think our Orange & Spice Pureed Carrots will add both color and flavor to your Thanksgiving table, and we know that our Creamy Custard Rice Pudding Made with Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea will have everyone begging for more. And our Roasted Turkey with Constant Comment® Glaze is one way to take the traditional bird to a whole new level. It’ll all taste even better with a perfect cup of tea! So, enjoy the recipes … and have a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Roasted Turkey with “Constant Comment”® Glaze

Ingredients:

Glaze:
12 Bigelow® Constant Comment® Tea Bags
1 cup (250mL) boiling water
2/3 cup (160mL) brown sugar
2 tablespoons (30mL) butter
½ cup (125mL) cranberry juice

Turkey and Gravy:
1 10-15 pound (5-7.5g) turkey (thawed if previously frozen)
1 lemon, cut into four pieces
1 onion, peeled and cut into four pieces
1 cup (250mL) chicken stock
2 tablespoons (30mL) cornstarch
Salt and pepper to taste

Yield: Serves 8 – Prep Time: 20 min. – Cook Time: 10-12 min. per pound –unstuffed

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350º.

Steep tea bags in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out of tea bags and discard. Reserve tea.

Meanwhile, prepare a glaze by heating butter, brown sugar and cranberry juice into a saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Add tea and reduce mixture by cooking over medium high heat for 15 minutes. Set aside.

To prepare turkey, remove giblets and neck from turkey, rinse inside and out and pat dry. Place a cut lemon and a cut-up onion into the cavity and truss the turkey. Place in an open roasting pan breast side up. Brush skin with glaze. Bake turkey in preheated oven. Keep glaze warm on stove and continue basting with glaze every 20 minutes.

Remove turkey from oven and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving. Discard any unused glaze.

To make gravy, dissolve cornstarch in chicken stock. Place roasting pan on burner over medium heat, scraping browned bits. Add stock whisking constantly until thickened; about 1 minute. Strain gravy and serve with turkey.

Orange & Spice Pureed Carrots

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 – Prep Time: 15 minutes – Cook Time: 30 minutes.

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.

Creamy Custard Rice Pudding made with Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea

Ingredients:

11 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags
¾ cup raw long grain rice
5 eggs
¾ cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
6 cups whole milk
Pinch of salt
Handful of raisins

Yield: Serves 8

Instructions:

Pour 1-1/2 cups boiling water over 3 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags.  Steep 5 minutes.  Remove tea bags without squeezing.
In a saucepan, return tea to boiling.  Add rice and stir.  Cook over high heat until tea returns to a low boil.  Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook rice according to package directions, approximately 20 minutes.
In a large saucepan, scald 6 cups milk to which 8 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags have been added.  Remove tea bags without squeezing.
In a large bowl, beat eggs with fork.  Add rice, sugar, salt, raising and vanilla.  Gradually add milk and mix well.
Pour mixture into 2-1/2 quart baking dish.  Place into larger pan filled with 1 inch boiling water.
Bake in 350 degree over for 60 minutes.
Remove from oven.  Remove skin from top layer of custard and discard.  Stir gently to evenly distribute rice.
Refrigerate.  Serve chilled.   Garnish with whipped cream.


Bigelow Tea Adds Pizzazz to National Pomegranate Month

Pomegranates have been consumed since ancient times, and today can be found in any produce section. The seeds of this red, juicy fruit are delicious on their own and are extremely versatile in recipes. November is National Pomegranate Month, and Bigelow Tea has a taste for its flavor in several of our tea blends including Pomegranate Black TeaGreen Tea With PomegranateOrganic Green Tea With Pomegranate & Acai and our herbal Pomegranate Pizzazz.

Moreover, we’ve concocted two specialty drinks that mix in our pomegranate herbal tea with other ingredients, and the results are worth celebrating! As the holiday season approaches, we hope you’ll find that the flavor of pomegranate can help make spirits bright at your gatherings. Give these two cocktails a stir!

Pomegranate Pizzazz Champagne Punch

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups boiling water
Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz™ Tea Bags*
750-ml bottle champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
2 tablespoons orange juice
¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds (optional)

Yield: Serves 6-8

Instructions:

1) Combine water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags and remove.
2) Add orange juice. To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.
3) Pour champagne into a large pitcher. Add tea mixture and pomegranate seeds to pitcher and stir.
4) Serve immediately.

Pomegranate Bellini Mar-TEA-ni

Ingredients:

Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags
1 ¼ cups (310mL) boiling water
4 ounces vodka
¼ cup (60mL) fresh orange juice
Pomegranate seeds if available

Yield: Serves 4

Instructions:

1) Place Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags.
2) Allow to cool, and then chill. To chill place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.
3) To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled tea and mix it with 1 tablespoon of orange juice and one ounce of the vodka. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

NOTE: If a sweeter Mar-TEA-ni is desired, add ¼ ounce (½ tablespoon) of orange flavored liquor (Triple Sec, Grand Mariner, or Cointreau) to each drink.

Image 1 by JMR_Photography via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Salutes The Pumpkin During National Pumpkin Month

The colors left on the trees are at their most vibrant, the air is crisp and cool, and pumpkins are everywhere! At Bigelow Tea we embrace autumn and adore everything about it. It also happens to be National Pumpkin Month, and last Friday was National Pumpkin Day. All this talk of pumpkins makes us think of our delicious Pumpkin Spice Tea! If you haven’t tried it yet, you must, as we are sure you will fall in love with it immediately.

For more pumpkin flavor, here are two amazing recipes that incorporate our tea: Pumpkin Pie Tea Bread or our Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. Both are spook-tacular and perfect for fall!

Pumpkin Pie Tea Bread

Ingredients for bread:

3½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea Bags
½ cup boiling water

Ingredients for Tea Glaze:

2 cups Confectioner’s Sugar
Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea Bags
½ cup boiling water

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350˚F.  Grease two 9×5 inch loaf pans.

Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together sugar, oil, eggs and pumpkin puree.  Stir in flour mixture alternately with tea.  Divide batter evenly between the prepared pans.  Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool 5 minutes; while still hot, pierce loaves with skewer long enough to go through the bread.  Mix remainder of tea with enough confectioners’ sugar (up to 2 cups) to make a glaze, then drizzle over bread thoroughly.  Let bread cool 1 hour and then re-apply any leftover glaze across top of bread.  Remove bread and let cool to room temperature.

Recipe submitted by Belinda Burgess
Bigelow Recipe Contest 2011

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Ingredients For Tea Concentrate:

13 tea bags Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea*
1 ¼ cups boiling water

Ingredients For Cupcakes:

1 ¾ cup sugar
¾ cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained, discard liquid
½ cup tea concentrate
2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded carrots

Ingredients For Frosting:

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, slightly soft
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 tablespoons tea concentrate
3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar

Prep Time:   15 minutes     Baking Time:  20 minutes

Instructions:

Place tea bags in a 2-cup glass measure.  Add 1 ¼ cups water.  Steep tea for 10 minutes.

Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup.  Discard tea bags.  (About 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons tea concentrate.)

Heat oven to 350 F.  Spray 2 (12-cup) muffin tins with baking spray; alternatively use paper liners set aside.

In large mixing bowl add sugar, vegetable oil and eggs.  Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until thick and creamy (1 to 2 minutes).

Add mandarin oranges, ½ cup tea concentrate, vanilla, and orange zest.  Continue mixing, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 minute).

In medium bowl stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

Add flour mixture to tea mixture.  Continue mixing, at low speed, until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes).

Add carrots; mix well.

Place batter in muffin cups filling about ½ to ¾ full.  Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Remove from oven; cool.

Meanwhile, in medium mixing bowl place cream cheese and butter.  Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until light and creamy (1 minute).  Add 2 tablespoons tea extract.  Mix well.

Add confectioners’ sugar; continue mixing, scraping bowl often, until soft and creamy (1 to 2 minutes).

Frost top of each cupcake with frosting.

Makes 24 cupcakes                                                               

Image by Richard Bowen via Flickr.com

For All Ages, Bigelow Tea Sweetens National Chocolate Day

Here’s another fine excuse for indulging in candy: three days before Halloween, National Chocolate Day on Sunday October 28 encourages all chocoholics to savor this confection in all shapes and forms! Here at Bigelow Tea, we also appreciate chocolaty goodness …  and even make a White Chocolate Obsession Tea to drink when chocolate cravings strike! So, In honor of this cocoa-inspired day and Halloween, we suggest these three yummy recipes that would satisfy any sweet tooth!

Adults can prepare a cup of Spicy Chocolate Chai Tea, which gets its zest from our Spiced Chai Tea. For children of all ages, our Chewy Chocolate Mint Brownies are baked with Plantation Mint Tea. And our Chocolate SweeTEA Pie blends in cinnamon by incorporating our Sweetheart Cinnamon Herb Tea. Ah, how sweet this day is!

Spicy Chocolate Chai Tea

Ingredients:

¾ cups (180mL) boiling water
6 Bigelow® Spiced Chai Tea Bags
1½ tablespoons (22.5mL) unsweetened cocoa
2 tablespoons (30mL) sugar
2 cups (500mL) whole milk
3 cinnamon sticks
Whipping cream, optional

Instructions:

Pour boiling water over Bigelow® Spiced Chai tea bags and let steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeeze out excess tea from tea bags.

Place tea in saucepan, stir in cocoa, sugar and cook until dissolved or just until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in milk and continue to heat until mixture is thoroughly heated. Pour into cups and garnish with cinnamon sticks and whipping cream, if desired.

Chewy Chocolate Mint Brownies

Ingredients:

5 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: Yields one 9″ x 13″ pan.

Instructions:

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.

Chocolate SweetTEA Pie

Ingredients:

8 Bigelow® Sweetheart Cinnamon Herb Tea Bags*
¾ cups hot whole milk
10 graham crackers, broken into pieces
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
4 large egg yolks
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ teaspoon salt
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 – 9″ pie plate
Freshly whipped cream (recipe below)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set the rack on the middle setting.
Place the graham crackers into the work bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse until crackers are fine crumbs. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and melted butter, and pulse until combined.
Pour mixture into the pie plate and press firmly onto the bottom and sides.
Bake for 10 minutes until lightly golden. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Meanwhile, place tea bags in the hot milk. Allow to steep for 5-7 minutes, and then remove tea bags, gently squeezing out liquid from bags.
In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks, 2/3 cup of sugar, cornstarch and salt. Place pan on stovetop and turn heat to medium-high. While whisking, add tea infused milk. Bring mixture to a low simmer while whisking vigorously. While continuing to whisk, add chocolate chips. Continue to whisk mixture at a low simmer until thickened into a custard, about 5-7 minutes total.
Pour chocolate custard into cooled crust. Allow to cool completely before topping with whipped cream (*recipe below). Place entire pie into refrigerator to chill approximately 3 hours. Serve chilled.

*Whipped Cream

1 cup cold whipping cream or heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Place all ingredients in a large bowl.  Using an electric mixer, beat until stiff peaks are formed. Spoon or pipe onto the cooled chocolate pie.

Top image by D. Sharon Pruitt via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Finds Delight in National Caramel Month

October is National Caramel Month, and we at Bigelow Tea are firm believers that apples go amazingly well with this deliciously gooey candy. We’ve found two tasty ways to enjoy this pairing without getting sticky hands! Thanks to Heather Kennedy, winner of our 2011 Bigelow Recipe Contest, our Caramel Apple Crunch Muffins combine apples with our Vanilla Caramel Tea for a delicious treat worth biting into! And if pie is your thing, another sweet option is our Apple Cider and Caramel Silk Mini Pies. These smooth, bite-size pies get their apple flavor from our Bigelow Spiced Apple Cider Herb Tea. Yum!

Caramel Apple Crunch Muffins

 

Ingredients:

Bigelow Vanilla Caramel Tea Bags
1 cup boiling water
1¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup grated tart apple
½ cup melted butter
1 egg (beaten)
½ cup apple sauce or apple butter
Light or dark brown sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F. Grease muffin tin or line with paper cups.
  2. Place 6 Bigelow Vanilla Caramel Tea Bags in a heat proof measuring cup. Add freshly boiled water to the 1 cup line. Place a lid or plate on top of the cup to hold in the heat while the tea steeps for 3 minutes. Remove lid and tea bags – resist urge to squeeze the bags! Set aside the tea concentrate to cool.
  3. Combine in large bowl flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Peel and grate 1 large firm tart apple to make one cup of grated apple. Add to flour mixture and stir to break up clusters of apple.  Set aside.
  4. Combine melted butter, egg, tea concentrate and apple sauce OR apple butter. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add wet ingredients. Stir just until everything is moistened but don’t over mix.  Fill muffin cups ¾ full. Sprinkle each muffin before baking with a pinch of light or dark brown sugar for the “crunch.”
  5. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Remove to rack and allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from pan.

Apple Cider and Caramel Silk Mini Pies

Ingredients:

2 ¼ cups milk
6 bags Bigelow Spiced Apple Cider Herb Tea
6 bags Bigelow Vanilla Caramel Tea
1 (3.4-ounce) box French Vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
8 mini graham cracker crusts
Sweetened Whipped Cream
Additional white chocolate chips

*Substitution options: For less sweet overall taste you may replace French Vanilla pudding with plain Vanilla and cinnamon chips may replace white chocolate chip

Makes 6 servings

Instructions:

  1. In 2-quart saucepan, over medium heat, bring milk to a simmer. Remove from heat and add tea bags; steep for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze to remove liquid; discard bags.
  2. Cool tea milk completely.
  3. In medium mixing bowl stir together tea milk, and pudding mix. Using wire whisk, stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until filling becomes thick.
  4. Stir in 1/3 cup cinnamon chips. Spoon about ¼ cup filling into each mini graham cracker crust.
  5. When ready to serve garnish each mini pie with whipped cream and additional chips.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers. 

Image 1 by joyosity via Flickr.com

Spice up Columbus Day with Bigelow Tea Favorites

With October ushering in fall activities, we at Bigelow Tea think this month is ideal for savoring flavors associated with the season. And, because Columbus Day falls on Monday, October 8, we’ve also discovered a tasty way to commemorate this holiday: add in some spice!

In the time of Christopher Columbus, spices were in high demand. With his sailing expedition backed by Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, Columbus, an Italian-born navigator, had intended to find a direct waterway from Europe to Asia. Instead, as the history lesson goes, Columbus came upon the Americas, which were previously unknown to Europeans. On his initial return to Spain in March 1493, spices were among the treasures he brought back.  Columbus has become a controversial figure in recent decades, yet his accomplishment is still recognized through public celebrations.

For Columbus Day 2012, we hope you’ll be adventurous like Columbus and try some of our own “test kitchen” discoveries! We’ve developed dessert recipes featuring spices that will certainly ginger up the holiday.  Our Vanilla Caramel Cake pays homage to vanilla, which was found in the New World. Cinnamon, a fall favorite, is super-tasty in our Sensational Cinnamon Sticky Buns.

We also suggest pairing these sweet treats with a selection of our fall-inspired Bigelow Teas. Why not further explorethese flavors by preparing a pot of Bigelow Cinnamon Stick Tea or Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea?

So on this Columbus Day, be adventurous and spice up your personal tastes with Bigelow Tea!

 

Bigelow Tea Celebrates National White Chocolate Day—With A Twist!

At Bigelow Tea, we simply love chocolate … and we can’t wait to celebrate National White Chocolate Day tomorrow (September 22nd)!  Bigelow Tea recommends having fun with either our White Chocolate Mint Mousse Tea Cups or White Chocolate Pound Cake. These recipes offer a twist on white chocolate and will cause all tea-drinking chocolate lovers to celebrate big-time on National White Chocolate Day!

White Chocolate Mint Mousse Tea Cups

The Winning Bigelow Tea Contest Recipe by Diane Halferty

 

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
6 ounces white chocolate baking chips
2 cups whipping cream, divided
6 Bigelow Tea Plantation Mint or Mint Medley tea bags
3 large egg yolks
Scant ½ cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 drops red food color
2 tablespoons crushed candy canes (about 6 miniature candy canes)

Yield: 24 mini cups 

Instructions:

Line 24 mini muffin cups with petit four paper cups. In 1-quart saucepan, melt bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips over low heat, stirring frequently. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of the chocolate into each paper cup. With back of small measuring spoon, spread chocolate up sides to within 1/8 inch of the top. Chocolate should be warm enough to spread. Refrigerate about 20 minutes or until completely set.

Carefully remove paper cups from chocolate cups.

Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate chips in a double boiler over simmering water. Heat ¾ cup of the whipping cream and the tea bags in a saucepan just until it begins to boil. Carefully remove tea bags and squeeze excess moisture from them into the pan.

Whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and salt until pale yellow. Add the hot cream-tea mixture to the eggs, a little at a time, to temper, whisking constantly. Pour the custard into the melted chocolate while still over the double boiler and whisk until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and remove from the heat; cool mixture.

Beat 1-1/4 cups of the cream to whipped cream consistency. Whip half the cream into the tea mixture and then fold in the remaining cream.

Spoon or pipe whipped cream mixture into chocolate cups. Refrigerate until serving. Just before serving, sprinkle with candy.

White Chocolate Pound Cake

Recipe submitted by Lori Peardon,
 Bigelow Recipe Contest 2011

Ingredients:

1 cup butter
4 eggs
2½ cups self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup Bigelow White Chocolate Obsession Tea, brewed and cooled

Instructions:

Grease and flour 9x5x3 inch baking pan.  Combine butter, eggs, sugar and brewed tea.  Add flour and mix thoroughly.

Turn batter into pan and bake for one hour at 325˚F.  Cool 15 minutes before turning cake onto a wire rack.

First image via Adactio via Flickr

Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Apple Month

Apple pie reigns as America’s classic dessert, and here at Bigelow Tea we love the flavor of fresh apples too! With orchards bearing their lovely fruit, now is the perfect time to enjoy the luscious combination of fresh apples, cinnamon and spice. Oh yes, that’s nice! If making homemade crust doesn’t fit into your busy schedule, that’s no reason to miss out on the taste and aroma of freshly baked apples. So, In honor of National Apple Month, we offer these Apple Cider Muffins, made with our Apple Cider Herb Tea, as the perfect alternative to traditional apple pie.  Enjoy!

Apple Cider Muffins

Ingredients:

¾ cup milk
4 Bigelow Apple Cider Herb Tea bags 
1 to 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, grated (1 cup)
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
¼ cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla

Yield: Makes 10-12 medium muffins

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400° F. Grease muffin cups or use muffin liners.

Combine milk and tea bags in a small saucepan. Heat over medium/low heat until bubbles form around the edge, stirring occasionally. (DO NOT BOIL.) Remove from heat and let cool (15-20 minutes); remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid. Set aside.

Grate apples in food processor with a shredding blade or by hand with a cheese grater. Set aside.

In large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. Add apples and nuts; mix well. In separate bowl, whisk together oil, sugars, egg and vanilla until smooth. Add tea-infused milk; stir until well blended. Add dry ingredients all at once and stir until moist. Do not overmix. Batter will be loose.

Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

Apple photo by Planetc1 via Flickr

Celebrate Grandparents Day With A Bigelow Tea Inspired Party

Even in today’s high-tech world, grandparents still enjoy life’s simple pleasures like bonding with their grandchildren, spending time with friends and loved ones, and even savoring a cup of tea. At Bigelow Tea, we recognize the valuable role grandparents play in our lives, and look forward to Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 9. Why not make this one extra-special by holding a family tea party?

Many hands, big and small, can get involved in party planning with grandparents. Whether your event is held outdoors or inside, as a buffet or sit-down meal, make the table special by using “real” linens, cloth napkins and pretty teacups. The littlest guests can help by putting together a centerpiece and then taking their seats alongside the guests of honor.

The party menu could include traditional tea sandwiches made with cucumbers or chicken salad. For a tea-inspired twist, consider preparing a Bigelow Tea-infused treat developed in our test kitchens, like our Perfect Peach Upside-Down Cake!

While the tea party is underway, don’t forget to take tons of pictures. Photos of Grandma & Grandpa’s special tea party will provide a lasting memory of an extraordinary day for generations to come. So, on Grandparents Day, we hope you’ll brew up some Bigelow Tea—Orange & Spice perhaps?—and enjoy the company of your family!

Image by ClaraDon via Flickr.com