Ingredient Spotlight: Tea (and Spiced Chai Tea Muffin recipe)

I love tea.  My very, very favorite is Bigelow Constant Comment.  But lately, I’ve also been loving the Spiced Chai and Vanilla Chai from Bigelow.

My afternoon snack almost always includes a cup of tea.  My tea basket is always on the counter, ready for me to choose the flavor of the day.

But did you know you can also bake with tea?

I chose the Spiced Chai to make these muffins.  They remind me a bit of coffee cake (tea cake?), but with more flavor.  I topped them with cinnamon streusel.  And of course, they’re perfect with a cup of tea.

The recipe and a photo of the ingredients is near the bottom of the post.  But I wanted to give you a chance to share your recipes that are perfect for pairing with tea.

Link up any recipe you like that you love enjoying with your favorite cup of tea.  If you’ve got a recipe that uses tea as an ingredient, we’d love to see that too!  And if you have a post about Bigelow Tea, be sure to link that up as well.  We’ll be pinning your posts on the Bigelow Tea Board and Recipes to Enjoy with Tea board.  You can follow Bigelow Tea on  TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.


Here’s what you’ll need to make Spiced Chai Tea Muffins:

 

Spiced Chai Tea Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Serves: 1 dozen muffins

Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup strong brewed Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
For the topping
  • 5 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • 5 Tbs. flour
Instructions
  1. Stir flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
  2. In a mixer bowl, mix butter, sugar and eggs.
  3. Add brewed tea, milk and vanilla to wet ingredients and mix till well blended.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir gently till well combined.
  5. Divide evenly between 12 muffin tins.
  6. Using a fork, combine all ingredients for topping until you have crumbs.
  7. Sprinkle on top of muffins.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees 15-20 minutes.
Notes
To make the strong, brewed tea use 1 or 2 tea bags and ¼ cup boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes.

Disclosure:  I have been compensated for my time and provided with samples from Bigelow Tea.  All tea loving opinions are my own.

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These might be my favorite of all the pancake recipes I’ve tried.  You know I love PB&J.  I love anything peanut butter, actually.  These pancakes are perfectly peanut buttery.

And they’re fantastic with blackberry jam.  I didn’t take a photo of a jam slathered pancake, but you can be sure that I ate several that way.  I drizzled syrup over the sticky stack too.  Delish!

Back in September, we had an Ingredient Spotlight: Peanut Butter.  Picture Perfect Cooking shared this recipe for Peanut Butter Pancakes.  The only change I made was to double the recipe.

Before we get to the ingredients, I have to wish my oldest daughter Happy Birthday!  How can it be possible that she is 21 years old today?

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I’ve simplified things a lot with this recipe.  It’s still made from scratch.  I use a sheet cake pan instead of doing a layer cake.  But I kept the Coffee Icing recipe the same.  It’s really mocha, but we didn’t use the word “mocha” back then.  Mocha is a new-fangled word.

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You are going to love these!

All that chocolate ganache.  All that delicious cannoli filling stuffed in a chocolate chip muffin.

{Did she just say chocolate chip muffin?}

Yep!  That’s right!  This muffin has officially crossed the line into dessert.

I’ve been wanting to try this since I first made Chocolate Chip Muffins.  The idea comes from The Cake Mix Doctor cookbook.  I absolutely love that book.  Anne Byrn has a recipe in there for Cannoli Cake that is divine.

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The only change I made to the recipe was to bake it in a jelly roll pan instead of a 9×13 size.  I would also like to say that I did shred the carrots and zucchini the way the Amish would.  I don’t have a food processor, but I want one.  I want much.

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Can it get any better?

I don’t think so.

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The other day, I posted a list of 28 Muffins You’ll Want to Try and Terri left this comment:

Hi,
I was looking at your muffin recipes. They look yummy! I’m also looking for a coconut muffin maybe with mini choc chips added. Have you ever heard of something like that? I thought maybe replacing the liquid with coconut milk then add either maybe a streusel with toasted coconut and a drizzle of chocolate. What do you think? Do you have any suggestions? I have tried a couple of your recipes and passed on your site to some friends.
Thanks,
Terri

Oh, what a good idea!  I went into the kitchen and got creative right away.  These are the result.  The muffin is infused with coconut flavor and studded with mini chocolate chips.  The streusel topping has cocoa and coconut.  Oh yeah!

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