With a lot of people stuck at home due to COVID-19, many folks are now cooking their own meals. To help out, we've compiled a list of five easy cooking with loose leaf tea recipes to add a different flavor to your dining experience. Don't have loose-leaf tea? Use tea in tea bags or any tea on hand!
Black tea is used in this recipe to give the common potato a different twist. Steep the black tea for longer than the stated three minutes if you want a stronger flavor. Save the brewed leaves for presentation for garnish along the side.
Dessert-lovers will really enjoy this scrumptious treat! The recipe calls for black tea bags, but you can use any loose-leaf Black Tea you have on hand. Get the recipe here.
Green Tea Cranberry Muffins
Strongly brewed green tea is used in this yummy muffin recipe to add a special twist on your traditional cranberry muffin. Use more tea during the steeping to get a stronger flavor or less if you want just a lighter taste of tea.
Oolong Tea Doughnuts
For those looking for a gluten-free treat that has a touch of Oolong, check out this Baked Osmanthus and Oolong tea Doughnut recipe. Try experimenting with a green or black tea to see the difference in taste.
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If you try any of these recipes, we'd like to know how they turned out! Please leave a comment in the comments section below or leave any questions you may have as well.
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The Chinese "hong shui" means "red water", and the term has been adopted (or revived, depending on who you ask) as a name for heavily oxidized Oolong Tea. The name is used to designate a type of Oolong to stand on its own, and not be devalued by popular judging standards and marketing trends in Taiwan. The popular High Mountain Oolong Tea is a lightly oxidized tea with a bright golden, yellowish-green color. And even the competition standards set for Dong Ding Oolong Tea are a lighter golden-orange. But Hong Shui is, in fact, a proper tea on its own, and the level of oxidation is simply a variation in processing, not a fault or shortcoming in terms of its value. The processing methods to make this type of tea are actually how tea was made in Lugu (and many other places most likely), Taiwan, before tea became a commercial commodity.
This month's batch #54 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is a Honey Hong Shui Oolong Tea sourced from our friends who have provided our Dong Ding Oolong Tea and our Small Leaf Black Teain recent years. They also made Batch #33 of the Eco-Cha Tea Clubwhich we shared in August 2018. Batch #33 was similar to this month's batch in that they were both made with the help of the Green Leafhopper.