The holidays are around the corner and all we want to do is bake, eat, sleep and repeat. So, we’ve decided to devote the next 30 days to experimenting with our tea powders and sharing recipes as we go!
Matcha powder might be all the rage, and we’re 100% guilty of playing favourites, but today we’re going to talk about our less-celebrated Rooibos Tea Powder. Its flavour profile is earthier and nuttier (without any actual nuts), and goes so well with all the traditional ingredients and spices that we’ve come to associate with the holidays.
Using tea powders when you bake may not be conventional, but it shouldn’t be intimidating either. Once you understand their individual flavour, sensory portrait, and optimal pairings, incorporating and substituting them into your own recipes is a no-brainer.
NOTE: Keep in mind, when using tea powders you’re experiencing the concentrated form of the leaf in terms of flavour potency. The WHOLE leaf is ground and the WHOLE leaf dissolves in your respective beverage or recipe, as opposed to the more watered-down version of brewed loose-leaf tea. Less powder goes a long way. Plus, you save time and dishes by skipping steeping-steps. Win-win!
When using tea in recipes, it’s critical to understand flavour profiles and complimentary flavours. So, what’s a tea drinker looking for in a quality cup of Rooibos? Primarily “honey,” “woody,” “spicy,” and “caramel”, are the adjectives sommeliers and Rooibos distributors use to describe the perfect cup of rooibos. Of course, there are many different blends (and qualities) of Rooibos with varying flavour profiles, but in general, the pure red tisane has a natural hint of sweetness, tempered by heady earthiness.
- Spices: Cinnamon, chai
- Fruits: Apples, oranges, pears, raspberries, coconut
- Vegetables: Butternut squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin
- Meat: Chicken, pork
- Sweeteners: Chocolate, vanilla, caramel
RECIPE: White Chocolate & Rooibos Powder Fudge
You will need:
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 ½ cups cream
- 2 tbsp liquid glucose
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp rooibos powder
- 100gm white chocolate
- Grease or line about a 20cm x 20cm tin / container, depending how thick you want the fudge to be
- Put all the ingredients in a pot a bring to the boil
- When its boiling allow it to carry on boiling over a moderate heat, stirring occasionally for about 40 minutes and until it reaches 118 C on a sugar thermometer (this is the ‘fudge’ stage)
- Take it off the heat and carry on stirring until it cools. Note: this gets harder as the fudge gets thicker and hardens. It gets to the point where it starts hardening and setting on the sides of the pot, so make sure to tip it into a lined/greased container before this happens.
- Smooth it out and store in the fridge to set. Cut into squares.
We encourage you to try this recipe and share your photos on Instagram. Don’t forget to tag us @tealchemy and spread the love! Stay tuned for more recipes.
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Maple syrup, you’ve had a good run, but it’s time for another syrup to shine: Rooibos Syrup. A simple blend of rooibos leaves, honey, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla essence, combine to make liquid gold.
Best part about this Rooibos syrup? Its versatility. From cocktails to cheese, flavor is this syrup’s forte.
- Desserts & Ice Cream
- Pancakes & Waffles
- Cheese & Nuts
Rooibos Syrup Cheese Guide
Unsurprisingly, rooibos syrup goes well with most cheeses, but for all the sticklers out there – that wordplay was not lost on us – we listed a few pairing suggestions:
- Blends well with creamy soft-fresh cheeses (Chevre, Mascarpone, Ricotta)
- Condiment for soft-ripened cheeses (Brie, Camembert)
- Excellent counterpoint for hard-sharp cheeses (Asiago, Romano)
Recipe: Camembert Croissant
- Rooibos Syrup
- Camembert Cheese
- Fresh figs
Slice croissants in half, lengthwise fill with cheese (get indulgent), arugula, sliced figs and drizzle with syrup!
Recipe 2: Fresh Berry Layer Cake
With blueberry season in full swing, this cake is the perfect summer dessert. Feel free to play with the berry ratio – the berrier the merrier!
- 3-quart glass trifle bowl
- 1 loaf premade angel food cake
- 2 cups of strawberries, sliced
- 2 cups of blueberries
- 1 cups of raspberries
- 1 cup whipped cream
- 1/3 cup of teALCHEMY Rooibos Syrup
- 1 lemon
- Fresh sprig of mint
- In medium bowl, gently mix strawberries and blueberries and add 1 freshly squeezed lemon. Mix in Rooibos Syrup and stir mixture well.
- First layer: Layer bottom of trifle bowl with ½ of this berry and syrup mixture.
- Second layer: Spread angel food cake on top of berry and syrup mixture.
- Third Layer: Top angel cake with 1 cup of whipped cream.
- Fourth layer: Spread remaining ½ of berry mixture on top of cream.
- Top layer: Top with raspberries and fresh sprig of mint.
Syrup Used in This Recipe:
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Summer is here and that means it’s time to spruce up your mundane dates and add some spice! It’s that time of year to take long walks on the beach, bike ride with friends and create those summer memories with loved ones. Summer is a time to reconnect, get together with family and friends, have a BBQ and drink some beers as you reminisce about all the good memories you’ve shared and all the new ones that this year will bring. Here at teALCHEMY, we believe the best times spent are with the ones you love.
With great new tea inspired recipes to try this summer, you’ll be staying hydrated and refreshed, as you learn about all the different types of healthy foods you could incorporate into your mixed drinks. With such different exotic and vibrant blends to choose from, this summer you’ll be spending most of your time making concoctions for your family and friends.
One of my favourite spices to add to cold tea is ginger. This spicy root is chalk filled with benefits your body craves. One of the main benefits to ginger is that it improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. This makes it easier for your body to act like a sponge and absorb all the rich nutrients’ and vitamins you take throughout the day. It also includes anti-inflammatory properties that aids in relief.
Try teALCHEMY’s Peppermint tea, a mellow vegetal aroma with a smooth, lingering sweet finish. Top it off with grated ginger roots for that spicy and light taste.
Another great leaf to add to your tea this summer is mint. Known for having the ability to freshen breath, mint offers a multitude of health benefits, one being that is helps assist in healthy digestion. Like a cool breeze across a vast ocean, this refreshing green treat also helps alleviate nausea and headaches while improving memory loss. This natural plant-based remedy can be easy to incorporate into your daily lifestyle.
Try teALCHEMY’s Citrus Splash, a refreshing blend of orange and pineapple flavours creates summertime cooler or a wintertime summer reminder. As a garnish, top it off with strawberries and a sprig of mint.
Ginger and mint are amazing when added separately or blended together, but another top-tier treat is the classic, brightly lit yellow lemons.
This vibrant and powerful citrus packs a punch when eaten. It also provides your body with the right benefits to keep you feeling hale and hearty. Lemons are alkalizing for the body and help balance the body’s natural ph levels. Rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, it fights against infections like the common flu and colds.
Try teALCHEMY’s Sweet Bloosom Green, light and refreshing with notes of cherry and rose. Spruce it up with half a lemon wedge.
Those are just some of the effortless recipes available to try this summer. Try something new; challenge yourself to feature new fruits and spices into your tea regiment and see what kind of alchemist you become. Stay hydrated this summer and remember, Stay cool, stay fresh and drink some tea!
It may seem like tea is suddenly trending and for good reason! Many have only recently discovered that not only are there hundreds of delicious tea blends, but that they’re also extremely healthy for you.
One of the blends that have recently gained popularity is Oolong Tea. ‘Oolong’ comes from the Chinese name ‘wu long’- ‘wu’ meaning black and ‘lung’ meaning dragon.
There are a number of varieties of Oolong; among them are Dung Ti and Ti Kuan Yin. The latter is named after the Chinese Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin. There’s a great story behind this tea. Legend goes that in Fujian Province- China, there was an old crumbling temple with a statue of Guanyin. Each day, a poor farmer would pass the temple on the way to his fields. Seeing its poor condition, he developed a habit of sweeping the temple and lighting incense a few times per month. Finally, one day Guanyin appeared to him, and told him of a cave where he would find treasure. Waiting there he found a single rare tea plant. From this plant, he became known for the finest teas in his land!
Many tea enthusiasts love Oolong for its depth of complex flavours and aromas. All Oolongs are great to pair with smoked foods, lightly spicy or curried dishes and buttery desserts. Oolong’s taste generally falls in the range between green and black teas because it’s only partially oxidized. The particular level of oxidization depends of the desired style of Oolong. Finished teas can vary in colour from blue-green to brown.
If you have a sweet tooth, try an Oolong after dessert as well. The polyphenols in Oolong may actually support healthy teeth. Just like Green Tea, Oolong boasts plenty of antioxidants that are effective at removing toxins from the body, and some say, will promote healthy skin. In fact, a 2001 trial study of the affects of Oolong for people struggling with skin conditions (eg. Eczema) found that most often, these conditions improved significantly after introducing Oolong tea for just a few weeks.
You should know that Oolong is also loaded with other health benefits. It’s a popular addition to weight loss programs because it contains the antioxidant catechin, which can boost your metabolism for up to 2 hours post consumption. Did you know Oolong may be even better at calorie-burning than green tea?
Once you try it, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to Oolong!
Head over to the Tea Boutique to try one of our Oolong Tea blends. If you’re looking for a fun way to incorporate Oolong Tea into food, check out this fun recipe for Oolong Tea Macaroons HERE.