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Happy New Year From Bigelow Tea

4 Luscious Bigelow Tea Recipes Perfect for New Year’s Day

Whether you’re an early riser who can’t miss the first sunrise of the year or you’re sleeping off too much holiday cheer, what could be better than starting off 2018 with some delicious and comforting food? These four delightful recipes infused with Bigelow Tea are perfect for a yummy New Year’s Day breakfast, brunch or just hanging around the house in your pajamas. (and watching movies, yay!) Give these scrumptious treats a try and tag #TeaProudly to share your favorites!

Eggnogg’n Pancakes

Start your day with these delicious pancakes made with Bigelow’s Eggnogg’n tea.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Makes 10-12 Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 10 Bigelow Eggnogg’n Tea Bags
  • 1 ¼ cup (310mL) milk
  • 1 cup (250mL) flour, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon (1mL) salt
  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) butter, melted

Instructions

Heat milk in microwave for 2 minutes; add tea bags and let sit for 5 minutes. Squeeze tea bags well and discard. Let cool. Sift flour and dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. Beat together egg, infused milk and sour cream. Stir into dry ingredients. Add melted butter and whisk well. If too thick, add more milk. Drop a small spoonful on a hot griddle, 1 tablespoon (15mL) at a time. This recipe can be doubled or tripled. It stores well overnight.

Vanilla & Cinnamon Baked Challah French Toast

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.

Serves 6-8

Ingredients 

Instructions

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.


Vanilla Chai Tea Infused Cinnamon Rolls

An incredibly yummy cinnamon roll perfect for breakfast or brunch. Make most of it the night before so they’re ready quickly in the morning.

Submitted by Michelle

Prep time: 30 minutes

Makes 12 rolls

Ingredients

Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1 c milk
  • Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea bag
  • 2 1/4 t yeast (1 packet equivalent)
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 5 T butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 c flour

Filling

  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t fresh ground cloves

Glaze

Instructions

Start making your dough by heating your milk just until it is steaming. Add the tea bag and let it steep for five minutes while the milk cools somewhat. Remove the tea bag, and add your milk to your mixing bowl. Top with your yeast, sugar, salt, and 1 cup of flour. Mix until thoroughly combined.

Add your softened butter and mix again. When mostly incorporated, add the egg and bring to medium speed to beat together. Once incorporated, add your remaining flour slowly to ensure your dough isn’t too dry. Mix on low speed until your dough comes together in a ball.
Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for five to ten minutes, until the dough springs back when you press lightly into it. Return to your bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise for an hour until doubled in size.

Remove the dough from your bowl once risen and roll out to a 9 by 15 rectangle. Using the wrapper as a holder for your 1/2 cup of butter, spread it over the dough, leaving a one inch gap along the top long side so the dough will still stick later. Use the wrapper to spread any remaining butter into the bottom and sides of a 9×13 pan so that your cinnamon rolls won’t stick to it later.

Mix together the remainder of your filling in a separate bowl. Use a fork to combine the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Spread this over the butter on your rectangle using your fork.

Roll up your rectangle into a long log, starting at the bottom and leaving the uncoated edge for the end. Use a serrated knife to slice into 12 equal pieces.

Carefully lift each piece and place it into your buttered pan. Some will touch and others won’t. Replace the towel and let rise for 30 minutes or place in the fridge overnight to finish in the morning. If finishing in the morning, remove the rolls from the fridge and let sit on the counter, still covered by the towel, for 45 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees while your cinnamon rolls are rising. Once they are ready to bake, remove the towel and bake uncovered in your oven for 30 minutes until golden brown and the filling has started to bubble at the edges.

Cool in the pan while you make the glaze. Brew a cup of Bigelow vanilla chai tea. In a small mixing bowl, add melted butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Pour the hot tea over this. Using a fork, stir until thoroughly combined, adding a bit more tea to thin the glaze if needed. Pour the glaze over your cinnamon rolls and enjoy immediately.

Note–These are best eaten the day they’re made but can be stored on the counter in a tightly sealed container for another 1-2 days, if needed.

For step-by-step instructions visit Michelle’s site Honest and Truly


Chai-infused Creme Brulee French Toast

Reinventing a favorite recipe using Bigelow Tea Vanilla Chai Tea in the Chai-infused Creme Brulee French Toast Bake. It sticks with my need to offer nutritious foods but is decadent tasting as well! 

Submitted by Schema

Prep time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea Bags
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5 slices of bread, torn
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup evaporated skim milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/4 cup +1 TBSP Agave (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional but I love the extra flavor nutmeg adds)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425.  Brew 2 Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea bags in 1/2 cup of water. Set aside.

Melt Coconut oil completely and add agave to it. Whisk to combine.   Combine Tea, milk, eggs, and nutmeg. Set aside.

Pour half of coconut oil mixture in bottom of square pan.  Place torn bread on bottom on the coconut oil mixture. Pan egg mixture over bread.  Top with last half of coconut mixture.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until completely cooked.

Honor Labor Day With Love, Kindness & Generosity

Labor Day, a time to celebrate American working men and women. Today almost 160 million Americans work. A job is one of the critical elements to allowing individuals and families to have stability in their life. So let’s honor this special day and celebrate with love, kindness and generosity to all those around you.  – The Bigelow Family

Bigelow Peppermint Teas + Holidays? Yes!

bigelow-tea-peppermint-herbal-teaIt’s the most wonderful time of the yeaaar! Hello, December! This season was made for all things cozy and warm, and a cup of Bigelow Tea is no exception. Don’t get us wrong — like you, we like to drink tea all year ‘round, but there’s something extra special about cuddling up by a fire or with a blanket, and a mug of tea. And what goes better with the cold weather outside than the cool and crisp flavor of Peppermint? (Though, we suggest enjoying that flavor inside, where it’s warm…)bigelow-tea-peppermin-bark-seasonal-tea

We love the versatility of peppermint. It’s clean and invigorating, and we use only the smoothest, most refreshing peppermint in a variety of our flavors, such as Peppermint Herbal TeaSweet Dreams® and Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea. In fact, few people realize that peppermint is actually a hybrid between spearmint and water mint, but everyone recognizes its iconic minty-fresh scent! And when we say everyone, we mean all the way back to ancient times: dried peppermint leaves are said to have been found in several Egyptian pyramids carbon dated back to 1,000 BC. Whoa, kind of like history’s first air freshener…

Since then, peppermint has also been recognized for its medicinal properties — research indicates that it may aid in digestion, and may help to ease abdominal pain and nausea, alleviate hay fever symptoms, enhance memory and increase alertness, and clear your respiratory tract. As if you needed another reason to drink a cup beyond how delicious it tastes, right?

Whether you’re looking for a wake-up call in the morning with our Green Tea with Mint, or a soothing retreat before bed with some Mint Medley or Chamomile Mint Herbal Tea, it’s no wonder that mint is one of our most wildly-loved ingredients. Give it a try – who knows, maybe (just, maybe!) you’ll find your comfort and joy in a cup.

Don’t forget to share your coziest peppermint moments by tagging #TeaProudly on your favorite social media channel or come over to www.teaproudly.com and share with us there.  Either way, let’s share a mug or two together!

Bigelow Tea Wishes You and Your Friends & Family A Happy Fourth Of July

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Take a few moments today to sip and celebrate what makes America so great. We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday spent with friends and family! Happy Fourth of July from Bigelow Tea!Bigelow Family

Setting Sail for Columbus Day

Currier & Ives painting first landing of Columbus on the shores of the New World
Image via Wikimedia Commons

As cooler temps prevail, leaves change and we dig for our favorite warm fleece, here at Bigelow Tea we’re raising our cup, (and maybe a Constant Comment biscotti?) to Christopher Columbus today Monday, October 11th, Columbus Day.

Columbus Day is celebrated throughout the Americas to commemorate the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the New World in 1492. In much of Latin America it’s known as Día de la Raza; in the Bahamas it’s Discovery Day and look for Hispanic Day in Spain.

While some debate still surrounds Columbus (many contend you can’t “discover” occupied lands) there is no question that Columbus’s “Enterprise of the Indies” opened up great opportunities for the subsequent Euro/Americas cultural surge. History of the Americas prior to his arrival is still referred to as “Pre-Columbian.”

Columbus before King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain after his first return from America
Image via Library of Congress

Interesting that it took 300 plus years before we began celebrating officially (busy, busy, busy with all that exploration/colonization/revolution)! In 1937, FDR officially set aside October 12 as the United States holiday, and in 1971, Congress moved it to the second Monday in October. Today, in New York City, the biggest and most famous Columbus Day parade is a major event, and many Italian-Americans also observe the day as a special celebration of their proud heritage.

Spectators cheer during the Columbus Day parade in New York City
Image via Wikimedia Commons

So what adventure will you embrace on the holiday? We highly recommend exploring a different flavor of Bigelow Tea, grabbing it to go (hot or cold depending on your weather) and sipping it while sailing off to your local parade or festivities. Pack a lunch (don’t forget the Constant Comment biscotti!) and revel in the history, the vision and the courage that was Columbus, as he helped changed the course of mankind.

Keeping Kashrut — Celebrate Passover with Select Kosher Bigelow Teas

Table set for the Passover Seder

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia.org

As members of the Jewish faith begin the festive, holy season of Pesach (Passover), they commence an eight-day period of religious observance in memory of the exodus and freedom of the Israelites from Egypt, after enduring 400 years of slavery. Families gather and large feasts, called Seders, are lovingly prepared and these lavish meals are the focal point of the Passover celebration. Dietary guidelines are strictly observed: leavened bread and other fermented wheat grain products, referred to as chametz, are strictly forbidden. All food consumed during this festival of freedom must be Kosher for Passover, in compliance with Jewish dietary laws or Kashrut.

Bigelow Tea is proud to have been awarded Kof-K Kosher for Passover certification on 41 of their popular tea flavors, from the Blended Black Tea, Herbal Tea and Green Tea selections, and this has not gone unnoticed.  Supermarkets (including the cyberspace variety) specializing in Kosher products are citing Bigelow Tea in their Exciting Passover Products category! After all the family and friends have gone home and all the dishes are put away, what better way to relax and reflect on the day’s events than to sit back and sip some soothing Cozy Chamomile® Herbal Tea?

This year, Passover begins at sunset on Wednesday, April 8th with the first Seder of this eight-day celebration, and ends on Thursday, April 16th. To the men, women and children (and pets) participating in the festivities of this season, the family and employees of Bigelow wish you much laughter and joy, peace and good health as you celebrate Passover.

What Would Saint Patrick enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day?

The history of Saint Patrick is a blending of mythology and fact so intertwined that separating reality from fantasy could prove to be as difficult as removing the tea from Ireland. But one thing is for sure, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is an opportunity to recognize “all things Irish” in ourselves, and maybe enjoy an extra cup (or two) of Green Tea from Bigelow Tea for your morning or afternoon!

Fifth century Ireland is a lost world, virtually closed to both historians and archaeologists, and what little is known about the life and work of Patrick comes from his own writings in Latin. Saint Patrick was an Irish apostle who as legend has it, banished snakes from the shores of his country, and suffered much persecution. On his way to sainthood, Saint Patrick is credited with establishing many churches and schools in his homeland while gaining his place in Irish History, and helping free his country from religious persecution.

Bigelow Green Tea

On St. Patrick’s Day it is tradition to take part in the “wearin’ of the green”; something green in honor of the day and in honor of Ireland and the good deeds of St. Patrick. Fortunately for Tea Lovers, Bigelow Tea has a few suggestions for a grand St. Patrick’s Day celebration at home.

The Greenie Mar-TEA-niIngredients:
6 Bigelow® Green Tea tea bags
1¼ cups boiling water
1 tablespoon sugar
4 ounces vodka
Garnish with a twist of lemon

Yield: Serves 4

Instructions:

Place Bigelow® Green Tea tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags.

Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Chill.

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.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

President’s Day: A tradition of Tea

President’s Day 2009 stands to remind us that Tea has played an important part in the Presidency and American politics from the beginning of the Republic. According to the Tea book Tea with Presidential Families, presidents and their wives knew a cup of tea could change a country. We know that tea can grace a quiet afternoon on a rainy day, but it also plays prominently in the powerful office of the Presidency. From George Washington to Barrack Obama, each president has a story with tea playing a role.

And thank goodness for that — the presidential regime is tough, and the Commander in Chief needs all the help he can get to maintain mental and physical vigor. With all the many health properties that Tea brings to the table, the President profits from improved attention and focus as well as benefits to the Brain and Heart. Our First President George Washington drank tea regularly, as did most Americans. In fact, it is estimated that Americans at the time of the American Revolution drank more tea per capita than any other nation on earth, at times averaging 10 pounds of tea per person yearly. That’s a great country-building plan! After Washington became President, tea was always served for state occasions, and George and Martha began a long tradition of Presidential Tea.

Our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln also enjoyed tea; enjoying tea time with the family was one of the customs the Lincolns observed to affirm their middle class status before ascending to the Presidency. The Tea tradition continues today with the current Administration, so a tip of the cup on President’s Day to tradition and good taste!

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of Us!

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With a blinding flash of bright pink, Valentine’s Day bisects February with a reminder that almost anything can be packaged in heart-shaped boxes, and if you don’t impress your significant other, you’re definitely in for six more weeks of winter.

Many look forward to the occasion with big ideas for home-made chocolates, construction paper cards and dinner for two, but Bigelow Tea lovers can look forward to their own special tea made just for the holiday. Bigelow Tea offers seasonal Valentine’s blends in White Chocolate Kisses and Sweetheart Cinnamon.

White Chocolate Kisses and Sweet Cinnamon Hearts

For those in search of the perfect nightcap after a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, here are two decadent drink recipes that use these specially made Valentine Day Teas; enjoy!

Bigelow® White Chocolate Kisses Mar-TEA-ni

Ingredients:
4 Bigelow® White Chocolate Kisses tea bags
1 ¼ cups boling water
1 tablespoon sugar
4 ounces vanilla vodka

Yield: Serves 4

Bigelow® White Chocolate Kisses Mar-TEA-ni

Instructions:

Chocolate lovers and martini drinkers unite! This special cocktail is flavored with White Chocolate Kisses, one of Bigelow’s newest tea creations. Vanilla vodka gives it extra punch.

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Squeeze tea bags and remove.

Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Chill.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea, one ounce of the vanilla vodka and mix it with once ounce of cream in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Bigelow® Kisses-n-Cream Mar-TEA-ni

Ingredients:
4 Bigelow® White Chocolate Kisses tea bags
1 ¼ cups boling water
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup cocoa powder (optional)
4 ounces vanilla vodka
4 ounces whipping cream

Yield: Serves 4

Bigelow® Kisses-n-Cream Mar-TEA-ni

Instructions:

The twist on Bigelow’s White Chocolate Kisses Mar-TEA-ni uses a touch of cream to bring out even more chocolate flavor.

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Squeeze tea bags and remove.

Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Chill.

Prepare martini glasses by wetting the rim and dipping in a shallow dish of cocoa powder.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea, one ounce of the vanilla vodka and mix it with once ounce of cream in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.