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

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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

  • 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
  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.
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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  1. Wow, those muffins sounds awesome. I need to try baking with tea soon! Thank you for hosting, I’m glad to see Ingredient spotlight back 🙂

  2. Thanks so much Ladies for hosting this fun party!

  3. I love love love tea! I drink it every morning, but I’ve never tried baking with it. Your muffins look delicious! Thanks for hosting

  4. You REALLY need to find yourself some tea leaves.

    Adagia and Teavana are great sources. You will be amazed at the excellent, quality taste of tea brewed fresh from leaves…and NEVER go back to bags…and become a fellow ‘tea snob’. Plus, there are SOOO many more flavors to choose from.

    I bake with tea all the time. Freshly brewed chocolate tea adds so much flavor to a cake!!

  5. Marsha from the Better Baker emailed me about your party. I am so happy to join as I just posted about my favorite Bigelow tea, which is Eggnogg’n. I made some Eggnog scones to highlight the tea. Thanks for hosting!

  6. And who, compensated or not, doesn’t love Constant Comment? I switch between that and Good Earth Tea, depending on my caffeine requirement a la momente!

    My recipie (off the CC box! years ago) was disappointing, I’ll try yours!


  7. How many grams is 1 stick butter?


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