Usually when people think of the flavor of tea, they think of the warm drink that’s popular all year round but especially in the winter. Lately, however, we’ve been seeing a huge trend in all kinds of foods, drinks, and particularly desserts that are flavored with different types of tea and we can’t help but feel a little enamoured with the idea! We’ve always loved a good cup of tea, so it only makes sense that we’d appreciate the same concept as a way of naturally and subtly flavoring other delicious things too, right? That’s why we’ve had our eyes peeled for delicious things made with tea lately, especially in the sweet treat department.
Just in case you love the idea of making homemade foods using tea just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best flavor combinations that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration!
1. Mango green tea pops
One of the things we love most about trying out new recipes that involve tea is that it’s a great way to balance out other, stronger flavours without making things taste too bland. Green tea, for example, adds a really subtle note that’s complimentary rather than overpowering! That’s probably what caught our eye the most about these yummy mango green tea pops featured on Minimalist Baker.
2. Chai tea oatmeal
Just in case you’re a huge tea fan but you’ve always liked the kinds with a little more kick and spice better than the ones with a slightly milder taste, here’s a great breakfast idea that harnesses all the power of Chai! Happy Herbivore guides you step by step through the simple process of making a delicious breakfast oatmeal that’s flavoured with fragrant Chai tea.
3. Peppermint tea shortbread cookies
Perhaps your taste in tea is a little more fresh and punchy and you’re looking for something that will help you amp up your favourite kind of baked good because you’ve always been a huge cookie fan? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at the way Coley Cooks made these lovely shortbread cookies that have a little extra kick in the form of a refreshing peppermint tea taste.
4. Pumpkin ginger tea cake with cream cheese frosting
If you’re going to enjoy a nice cup of warm tea with a friend in the afternoon, would you prefer to have a lovely baked sweet treat to go along with it that will really suit, flavour-wise? In that case, we think you should absolutely take a look at the way Brina’s Bites made this lovely pumpkin ginger tea cake with cream cheese frosting. Ginger tea flavours will suit no matter what kind of tea you’re pouring into your cup!
5. Chai tea fudge
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of flavouring something sweet with fragrant Chai but you’re not sure the breakfast oatmeal we showed you earlier on is quite enough of a treat the way you were hoping? Then perhaps you’d get along a little better with something like this Chai tea flavoured fudge outlined step by step on Premeditated Leftovers!
6. Vanilla chai tea scones
Maybe you’re feeling quite intrigued by the concept of making yourself a tea flavoured sweet treat that’s got all the fragrance and spice of Chai but you’re also a huge fan of combination flavours, just like we are, especially since they’re so trendy right now? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at the way The Domestic Rebel made these fantastic scones that harness the taste of vanilla Chai tea, rather than just plain Chai!
7. Matcha mug cake
Mug cakes are a sweet trend that, if we’re being honest, we’ve been totally obsessed with for a while now. We swear we could write a whole post about those alone! That’s why we were so excited to come across this tea inspired mug cake recipe from A Calculated Whisk. They show you how to make one that tastes like matcha green tea!
8. Matcha croissants
Have we really caught your attention with this whole idea of flavouring things with matcha but you’re just not sure that the mug cake is quite the final idea for you? Then here’s another sweet baked good for your consideration! We’re huge fans of the way Thirsty For Tea outlines the surprisingly simple process of making match croissants with a chocolate filling.
9. Matcha avocado popsicles dipped in white chocolate
Perhaps you’re finding yourself scrolling through all of the different options on our list but also still thinking about our very first idea of making tea popsicles, even though you’re not a huge mango fan? In that case, here’s another flavour that’s a little milder and sweeter! Take a look at The Design Files to see how these matcha avocado popsicles dipped in white chocolate were made.
10. Chai tea creme brulee
Perhaps you’re quite experienced in the dessert making department and you’d rather make a tea inspired twist on a classic dessert that all good cooks and bakers love? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to give this Chai tea creme brulee recipe outlined step by step on All Day I Dream About Food a try. It’s like the perfect combination of both flavours at once!
11. Chai tea French toast
Perhaps we actually really got your attention when we started talking about a sweet breakfast recipe that’s flavoured with tea but you’re looking for a morning food that still feels a little more like a treat than the average oatmeal, even with all the great ingredients you saw in our previous suggestion? Then we think you simply must take a look at the way Sugar Dish Me made this batch of deliciously filling and perfectly spiced Chai tea French toast.
12. Earl grey tea muffins
Are you actually very intrigued indeed by the idea of making a tea inspired breakfast food but, in addition to enjoying mild flavours best, you’re also looking for something you can grab on the go on a busy work morning? Then perhaps these simple but yummy Earl grey tea muffins outlined on The Domestic Goddess Wannabe would be a little more up your alley.
13. Tea infused tea cake
Even though you’re a sweet lover, have you always been the kind of person who prefers dense, dessert bread style cakes over spongey birthday cakes? Well, you’re in luck! This recipe from Twinkling Tina Cooks shows you how to make a tea infused tea cake that is, as you might expect, perfect for serving with a warm cup of afternoon tea. Have we mentioned that we really like tea?
14. Earl grey cupcakes
Did we get you feeling pretty excited when we started talking about Earl grey tea because that’s actually your favourite kind of all, but you also feel like you really deserve a treat this week and you were hoping for something a little more dessert-like than morning muffins? Then we have a feeling you’ll really appreciate the way Bon Appetit made these fantastic Earl grey cupcakes instead.
15. Raspberry matcha macarons
Just in case you really are a huge matcha fan like we talked about before but you’ve also been holding out in hopes of finding a fruit inspired recipe, since fresh and fruity tasting sweet treats are your favourite, then we’re pleased to let you know that you patience has finally paid off! Take a better look at this tutorial from Her Cup of Joy to see how these raspberry matcha macarons were made.