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Bigelow Tea Adds More Green To Spring Up Our Garmugia Recipe

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Bigelow Tea’s love for greens (which in this case includes not only tea but vegetables too!) is shared with this different take on Garmugia, a spring vegetable soup, featuring Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon as a zesty ingredient.

While Bigelow Tea, a family-run, third-generation company, has been in business for over 70 years, this traditional Italian dish has a longer history dating  back to the 16th or 17th century and is traced to the Tuscan city of Lucca where the soup was made with the vegetables harvested in the spring. Historically Garmugia included a medley of vegetables, bits of meat, and pieces of bread blended and slow cooked to perfection. Our version is very similar except the chef can find the ingredients in the grocery store and it can be ready to eat much faster, thankfully.  And we think our addition of Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon will make it even more enjoyable than the 17th century version!

Turn up the green this spring – give this recipe a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment here or by writing a review here. We hope it makes your next dinner gathering or comfort food at home simply delish!

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Garmugia (Spring Vegetable Soup)

40 Minutes, Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 20 Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon Tea Bags
  • 7 cups (1 ¾L) boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons (45mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 fresh Italian sausage, casing removed and meat crumbled
  • 3 small white onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 oz. (90g) ground beef
  • ½ cup (125mL) frozen lima beans or frozen fava beans
  • ½ cup (125mL) frozen peas
  • ½ cup (125mL) asparagus tips
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) freshly ground pepper

Croutons:

  • ¼ cup (60mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 slices coarse white bread, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) Italian parsley, chopped

Instructions

Place Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon tea bags into a large bowl; pour 7 cups boiling water over the tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeeze well and set aside. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the sausage meat, onions and ground beef; sauté until meat browns and onions turn opaque. Add the beans, peas and asparagus and stir well. Pour in reserved tea, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook covered until the flavors are blended, about 30 minutes, skimming off any froth from the surface of the soup. Halfway through the cooking time, season with salt and pepper. Serve. To prepare the croutons, add olive oil to frying pan and heat over medium high heat. Add the garlic and sauté until it begins to turn golden. Remove garlic and add bread cubes and stir until golden brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the crouton to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with parsley. Ladle hot soup into warmed soup bowls and garnish with croutons.

Bigelow Earl Grey Tea Provides a New Age Twist for a Classic Pie Recipe

bigelow tea pie recipeIt’s no secret that Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey contains real oil of bergamot harvested from trusted long-term suppliers. Since the 1970’s the Bigelow family has partnered with family farmers in Calabria Italy to blend the most flavorful Earl Grey tea where fans like Godess Athena say then can even smell the difference (we agree!).

This aromatic tea blend is not only delicious on its own- it’s also a bold, flavorful ingredient for a dessert. This Bigelow Earl Grey Meringue Pie recipe starts with a flaky, buttery crust and is topped with a creamy, bergamot flavored filling and fluffy meringue. And note, perfecting your meringue takes practice but a few of these tips will give you a head start. For example, always start with a clean, dry bowl and use the largest, finest-wired whisk to whisk the egg whites. You’ll know your baked meringue is done when you can easily lift it away from the Earl Grey filling.

The next time you’re craving something delicious for dessert, whip up this Bigelow Earl Grey Meringue Pie! We guarantee it’s so delicious, you’ll feel like a professional baker and your family and friends will think so too!

Bigelow Earl Grey Meringue Pie

Ingredients

  • Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugarbigelow tea earl grey
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 egg yolk
  • 1  puff pastry shell
  • 4 egg white
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Instructions

Heat oven to 400.
Place pastry into baking dish of choice and make holes with fork to let air escape. Place some weight on pastry to prevent it from rising and bake till golden brown. Let cool till ready for use.
Heat water and steep tea ten minutes.
Combine 1 cup sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt and stir into tea.  Bring to a boil and whisk in butter.
Stir together egg yolks and temper with hot tea mixture and then return to pot and bring back to a boil then pour into prepared pasty shell.
Whisk egg whites with either lemon juice or cream of tartar. When soft peaks form add sugar and continue whipping till firm peaks form.
Spread over pastry and let it touch edges. Bake at 400 till meringue begins to brown and let cook till meringue is firm and cooked through. If meringue begins to get to dark lower temp to 300 and let cook till meringue sets.
Chill and serve.

Breakfast with Bigelow Tea: Chai-infused Crème Brulee French Toast Recipe

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Breakfast is always a little bit better with Bigelow Tea– but cooking with your favorite flavor takes your meal to a whole other level! This simple recipe is sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters and won’t cut into your precious sleep at only 30 minutes for bake time. Pair this decadent, yet nutritious dish with eggs and bacon or serve on its own. We recommend pairing with a cup of English Teatime! Facebook fan Lori Chenoweth says she has “a cup of English Teatime every morning…it isn’t a good day unless I have it.” Dig in!

Chai-infused Crème Brulee French Toast

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.

Bigelow Tea Goes “Oooh” For An Oolong Tea & Food Pairing

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Ready for your next Bigelow Tea-inspired pairing? How about Bigelow Tea Oolong tea paired with dinner?

Although there’s just one ingredient in this tea, it took the Bigelow family years to select the perfect Oolong from a special region in Asia. A tea with the consistent mellow notes that go well with almost any meal, Oolong tea comes from Camellia sinensis leaves that are exposed to air for only a few hours—only half the amount of time as black tea. Its smooth, distinctively satisfying taste makes it a tea to be enjoyed any time of day (@LKHamilton loves it in the morning), or particularly alongside meals consisting of grilled veggies with roasted or grilled chicken.

Try pairing it with these flavorful recipes for Grilled Lemon Portobello Mushrooms and Roasted Chicken with “Constant Comment®” Glaze—you won’t be disappointed!

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Ingredients

  • 6 large Portobello mushrooms
  • Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags
  • 1 cup (250mL) boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons (45mL) fresh coriander, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (250mL) extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

Clean mushrooms with a soft brush and remove stems. Set aside. Place 8 Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags into a measuring cup and pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Mix together tea, coriander, pepper and salt and gradually whisk in olive oil. Place mushrooms in a zip lock bag and pour marinade over mushrooms. In refrigerator, let marinade for up to 24 hours. When ready to grill, place mushrooms on preheated grill and cook 8 to 10 minutes per side or until tender, basting frequently with reserved marinade. Slice mushrooms and place on salad greens, or serve as an appetizer. They also go very well with steak.

Roasted Chicken with “Constant Comment®” Glaze

Ingredients

Glaze:

Chicken Roaster and Gravy:

  • 1 8 pound Roasting Chicken
  • 1 lemon, cut into four pieces
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into four pieces
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper to taste

When preparing this recipe please be sure to check all labels on all products you use to insure that all items are gluten free.

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375º. Cook time: 2 ½ -3 hours or as per directions on Roasting Chicken Package 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 Chicken, remove giblets and neck rinse inside and out and pat dry. Place a cut lemon and a cut-up onion into the cavity and truss. Place in an open roasting pan breast side up. Brush skin with glaze. Bake chicken in preheated oven. Keep glaze warm on stove and continue basting with glaze every 20 minutes. Remove chicken from oven and let stand for at least 15 minutes. 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 chicken. As a nice alternative, use a 10-15 pound Turkey in place of the Chicken Roaster. For the glaze increase the number of tea bags from 8-12.

Start Your Day Off With A Breakfast Made With Bigelow Tea!

bigelow tea cinnamon spice recipeHow many times have you heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? There’s no better way to power your morning than by adding Bigelow Tea to the menu. With these two recipes for the oh-so-filling Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal and decadently delicious Chai-infused Creme Brulee French Toast Bake, you can make this March a little warmer. It’s also National Hot Breakfast Month, as if you needed another reason!

Whether you spoil your family on a weekend morning or treat yourself on any day that ends with “y,” don’t forget a cup of Bigelow Tea on the side! Take a lead from @bahama21 and pair a mug of Bigelow Tea Pomegranate Black Tea with your next tea-inspired breakfast. Delish!

Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal

(pictured above)

Ingredients

1 cup (8 oz.) Brewed Charleston Tea Plantation Cinnamon Spice Tea or Bigelow Cinnamon Stick Tea
1/2 cup Quaker Oats Old Fashion Oats
Sugar or other desired sweetener

Instructions

Pour hot Cinnamon Spice Tea or Cinnamon Stick Tea into bowl. Add oats. Microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Sweeten to taste with sugar or other sweetener of choice.

Chai-infused Creme Brulee French Toast

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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.

Add Some Zing To The Table With Bigelow Tea’s Signature Spice Cake

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Looking to bring a bit of spice to your baking repertoire? Look no further than one of Bigelow Tea’s most popular recipes: “Constant Comment”® Spice Cake. Considered to be the “signature cake” using Bigelow Tea’s flagship blend, this spice cake has been teasing taste buds for years—ever since the era when “Constant Comment”® was first introduced.

There’s a lot of history behind this flavor (and this recipe). In 1945, founder Ruth Bigelow’s revolutionary spirit created the very first Bigelow Tea, which generated constant comment among those who sampled it. She named it “Constant Comment”® of course! In doing so, she challenged well-known tea brands and helped establish specialty tea in America. Seventy years later, under the third generation of family leadership, Bigelow Tea produces 1.7 billion tea bags annually in more than 130 varieties of blackgreen and herbal teas in may flavors and varieties. Each tea bag is individually overwrapped in signature foil pouches that protect the tea from air, moisture and surrounding aromas, keeping all the flavor and freshness in until you’re ready to enjoy!

This expert blending and zealous protection of flavor not only makes for a fantastic tea, it also makes a spectacular ingredient for the “Constant Comment”® Spice Cake. It’s a sweetly-spiced dessert as timeless as the tea with which it’s made. Here’s the recipe. Enjoy!

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  • ½ cup milk
  • Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea Bags
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1-⅔ cups flour
  • 2-½ teaspoons baking powder
  • Confectioners sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a 9″” round cake pan. 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. In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs and whisk to blend. Add the cooled milk; continue to whisk until thoroughly combined. Add flour and baking powder; mix until a smooth batter forms. Pour batter into pan. Bake approximately 35 minutes, or until center of cake springs back when touched. Cool on wire rack before removing from pan. Let cool completely before serving. Dust top with confectioners sugar.

 

Bigelow Tea Sweetheart Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Recipe

bigelow tea hot cocoaIt’s no secret that Bigelow Tea is creative and passionate about specialty tea… and specialty drinks! Bigelow offers hundreds of recipes for fans to incorporate or pair with their favorite Bigelow Tea blends, including fan-favorite Sweetheart Cinnamon Hot Cocoa recipe. Adults and kids alike will love this special hot cocoa made extra cozy with Bigelow Sweetheart Cinnamon Herbal Tea! Perfect for before, during or after Valentine’s Day!

Bigelow Tea has such a wonderful reputation in the food and beverage industry that in January of 2015, Eunice and David Bigelow were honored for their decades-long contributions by being inducted into the inaugural class of the Specialty Food Association Hall of Fame! The Bigelow family has been shaping the American tea market for over 70 years and continues to grow under the leadership of third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow. The family’s story was recently featured in Connecticut Explored magazine. Check out the feature here … and read it while sipping some of that yummy cocoa!

Sweetheart Cinnamon Hot Cocoa

Ingredients

  • Bigelow® Sweetheart Cinnamon Herbal Tea Bags*bigelow tea sweetheart cinnamon
  • 2 ¼ cups hot whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • *Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup cold whipping cream or heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

In a small saucepan, warm milk until piping hot but not boiling. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Allow to steep for 5-7 minutes. Remove tea bags and gently squeeze out the liquid. Add sugar and cocoa, and whisk vigorously to combine. Serve hot. *Optional: Top with freshly whipped cream or mini-marshmallows. *Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until stiff peaks are formed. Spoon on top of hot chocolate.

 

Celebrate in Style With A Bigelow Winter Tea Party

Bigelow Tea CookiesWhen it’s cold outside, make a Winter Wonderland inside — Bigelow Tea-inspired, of course! A tea party is a fun and classy way to celebrate special occasions.

From baby showers and weddings, to birthdays and just-because days, there’s always a good reason for a celebration. Plus, January is Hot Tea Month, which is the perfect excuse to throw a party!

When planning your menu, a variety of teas work best. You can never go wrong with a selection that includes Bigelow Tea Earl GreyConstant Comment and Classic Green Tea, a robust Darjeeling or a rich French Vanilla, you could even add a sweet herbal option like Chamomile Mango Herb Tea. For the food portion of the menu, Bigelow Tea has teamed up with several bloggers to bring you three recipes that can be used for your cozy soiree.

For décor ideas and a recipe for Mini Cucumber Pastry Sandwiches, visit the blog Lows to Luxe. For a sweet nibble, Heather from GirlGoneMom shares a quick and easy recipe for Pecan Thumbprints that you definitely won’t want to miss. Or mosey over to Cookie Dough and oven mitt to find a recipe by Miranda for Caramel Madeleines — they’re as gorgeous as they are delicious … and all taste great with Bigelow Tea.  And let’s not forget beautiful and tasty Ladies Tea Party suggestions from Behind The Camera and Dreaming!

Share your winter tea party ideas – or any recipes you would fit the occasion – on social media with the hashtag #meandmytea!

Images (credited clockwise from top):

Lows to Luxe
Cookiedoughandovenmitt.com
GirlGoneMom.com

Bigelow Tea Takes Stock Of Quick Homemade Broth Made With Tea

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It’s soup season, and Bigelow Tea loves the soul-satisfying flavor you get when making stock from scratch. So before reaching for that can or box, check out these inspiring ideas from New York Times food writer Mark Bittman for whipping up a variety of homemade stocks in minutes (yes, really!) using staples sitting in your pantry or fridge. One of Bittman’s recipes is for Smoky Tea Stock that he recommends using as a broth for udon noodles. Add a splash of soy sauce. Yum!

Why stop there? Try inventing your own signature stocks using Bigelow Tea flavors as a base for your favorite recipes or even some new creations. Here’s a wonderful recipe from the Bigelow Tea files for a hearty, nutritious soup (pictured above) using Green Tea with Lemon to give the broth an unexpected zesty flavor. Enjoy!

Garmugia (Spring Vegetable Soup)

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Serves 8 

Ingredients:

  • 20 Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon tea bags
  • 7 cups (1 ¾L) boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons (45mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 fresh italian sausage, casing removed and meat crumbled
  • 3 small white onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 oz. (90g) ground beef
  • ½ cup (125mL) frozen lima beans or frozen fava beans
  • ½ cup (125mL) frozen peas
  • ½ cup (125mL) asparagus tips
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) freshly ground pepper
  • Croutons:
  • ¼ cup (60mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 slices coarse white bread, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) Italian parsley, chopped

Instructions:

Place Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon tea bags into a large bowl; pour 7 cups boiling water over the tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeeze well and set aside. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the sausage meat, onions and ground beef; saute until meat browns and onions turn opaque. Add the beans, peas and asparagus and stir well. Pour in reserved tea, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook covered until the flavors are blended, about 30 minutes, skimming off any froth from the surface of the soup. Halfway through the cooking time, season with salt and pepper. Serve. To prepare the croutons, add olive oil to frying pan and heat over medium high heat. Add the garlic and saute until it begins to turn golden. Remove garlic and add bread cubes and stir until golden brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the crouton to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with parsley. Ladle hot soup into warmed soup bowls and garnish with croutons.

 

Wake Up Your Taste Buds With Bigelow Tea Vanilla Chai Tea-Infused Cinnamon Rolls

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The Bigelow family certainly knows the components of a great holiday: tea, family, lots of laughter and a hearty breakfast. One of the best things in the world is the wafting scent of cinnamon tickling your nose on a chilly December morning. Now that’s a smell to wake up to! Looking for the perfect meal to get everyone out of bed? How about Bigelow Tea Vanilla Chai Tea-Infused Cinnamon Rolls thanks to Bigelow Tea drinker Michelle from Honest + Truly. Deliciously sticky and perfectly sweet, you can do most of the prep for these cinnamon rolls the night before.

Vanilla Chai Tea-Infused Cinnamon Rolls 

Ingredients

Cinnamon Rolls

1 c milk
1 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

3 T butter, melted
1 t vanilla
2 c powdered sugar
1/4 c brewed Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea
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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.