Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea
Those of you who know me well will chuckle at the idea of me reviewing a book filled with recipes also known as a cookbook. Despite my lack of any desire to cook anything, I could not resist the opportunity to immerse myself in a book that featured food and tea. So, I made myself a cup of Winter Spice and sat down to enjoy this book.
The author begins with a wonderful introduction to tea including educating the reader about the different types of tea. She tells you how long and at what temperature each tea should be brewed. The first fifteen pages are a primer in all things tea. Just this information makes the book worthwhile.
And if the tea information isn’t enough for you, the pictures are amazing. You’ll enjoy pictures of tea cups and tea pots, foods you’ll want to create, and tea waiting to add flavor to foods. Since this is a cookbook, I should like you know the recipes sound so delicious (each one includes tea in some form) that I might consider cooking one of them up. To show that tea works at any time of day, the recipes are divided into morning tea (breakfast), midday tea (lunch), afternoon tea (snacks), high tea (dinner/supper), and sweet tea (desserts).
Here are the recipes I’m most interested in creating-
Arnold Palmer’s Poppy Seed Muffins pg. 6. This recipe calls for Arnold Palmer Powder which uses English breakfast tea, lemon zest, and sugar in a jar that you seal and shake. This powder is used to create a lemon poppy seed muffin.
Green Tea Guacamole with Grapefruit Tea Toast pg. 48. A unique spin on guacamole with balsamic vinegar, kumquats, matcha green tea powder, Sriracha, and the regular guacamole ingredients you’d expect. She recommends putting your guacamole on top of a slice of toasted sourdough bread and topping that with a piece of grapefruit and a thin slice of radish.
Mini Cherry Chai Cream Pies with Sweet Tea Glaze pg. 92. Masala chai sugar is added to the pastry cream and English breakfast sugar is added to the pie crusts.
I’d recommend this book for the tea lover in your life whose tea cabinet is so full she can’t possibly receive one more bag or box of tea. I’d recommend this book for anyone you know who loves to cook with different ingredients. I’d recommend this book as a fun gift to yourself. I’d be glad to lend this book to anyone who wants to try out the recipes and let me taste test!
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