Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Yes Chef: The Grey Matter!

Not only do I have a Tea Sommelier Certificate from George Brown College, but I also have a Baking Arts Certificate. George Brown is very well known for its culinary and hospitality programs. From my baking course, I learned how to make cakes, breads, pies, cookies and squares. I’m going to share a basic muffin recipe and add a couple of other ingredients: Earl Grey tea and lavender, which work very well together creating a lovely, sweet aroma.

This recipe is very simple and will yield 12 muffins. It will also include a light glaze like the kind found on plain donuts.


For Muffins
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 5 tablespoons Earl Grey loose leaf tea
  • 3 tablespoons lavender leaves

For Glaze

  • 1 ½ cup icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of milk or water
  • 2 tablespoons lavender leaves

Instructions for muffins:
  • Preheat oven to 180 °C. 
  • Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a bowl. 
  • Add 4 tablespoons of Earl Grey tea leaves. I chopped my tea leaves to make them smaller. 
  • Add lavender leaves. Chop them up. 
  • Add slightly beaten eggs and melted butter. 
  • Warm milk and steep with remaining tea leaves. Allow to cool before adding to the mixture. 
  • Mix all ingredients together, but don’t overdo it. 
  • Spoon the batter into the muffin pans lined with baking cups about 2/3 full. 
  • Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Stick a toothpick in a muffin. If it comes out clean, they’re done!

Batter up!

Fresh out of the oven!


Instructions for glaze:
  • Sift the icing sugar to remove any lumps and dump into a bowl. 
  • Add the milk or water and mix. I used milk. 3 tablespoons worked well, but check for consistency. It should not be too thick or too runny. 
  • Add the lavender leaves. Again, chop them up a bit. 
  • Mix well and drizzle the glaze onto cooled muffins. 

Sweet drizzle!

Looking a little glazed.


Eat and be merry! Enjoy these delights with a cup of Earl Grey tea. They’re perfect for Afternoon Tea

More please!


Cooking Tips:
  • Feel free to rip open Earl Grey tea bags and use its content instead. 
  • Save time and use a boxed cake mix instead. Nothing wrong with that, I won’t tell anyone! 

Options:

  • Add nuts to your batter, perhaps chopped walnuts. 
  • Use another type of milk such as almond, coconut, or rice. 
  • I used dry lavender leaves, but use fresh leaves if you have them.




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