Saturday, December 13, 2014

Yes Chef: Here's a sweet solution!

A great way to incorporate tea into your cookery is by adding it in as a syrup. This is very easy, but requires some patience. All you need is equal parts of water and sugar, and your choice of tea. I would not recommend any strong, smoky teas such a Pu-erh or Lapsang Souchong. Try a tea you drink on a regular basis. Flavoured teas are especially wonderful as they will add another dimension of taste and aroma. Tisanes work just as well too. I’m going to use Earl Grey to create my syrup as I like it for its citrus notes.

Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of Earl Grey loose leaf tea 

Preparation:

1.   Heat water to boiling point in a saucepan. Remove it from heat and add Earl Grey loose leaf tea. Allow to infuse for about 10 minutes.

2.   Pour tea through a sieve a couple of times to remove the leaves. Add in the sugar and heat on medium. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. This should take about 2-3 minutes.

3.   Use a whisk and continuously stir in order to reduce the liquid. You want a consistency similar to that of maple syrup at the end. This took me about 20 minutes.

4.   Once you've achieved the right consistency, allow it to cool for a few minutes and then pour into an airtight glass container. This can be kept in the fridge for up to a month.

Pour some sugar on me!

Ditto!

How easy was that? It tastes really good too! I should know…I licked the whisk clean! This Earl Grey syrup can be used in many foods and drinks. I'll show you what I used it for on a future post!




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