It’s not secret from our family and friends that we’re obsessed with tea; we drink it all the time and we love trying new flavours and blends! It surprised even our loved ones, however, when we discovered that cooking and baking with tea are possibilities too! We started collecting recipe ideas immediately because we were so incredibly intrigued.
Just in case you love the idea of making food dishes and desserts using tea just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the most unique and best tasting ideas that we’ve come across so far!
1. Matcha green tea tiramisu
Tiramisu is something we’ve always loved trying to make in all different flavours and iterations. You can probably imagine our excitement, then, when we came across this green tea tasting matcha tiramisu recipe! Get the full details for making some of your own on Oh How Civilized.
2. Chinese tea eggs
This recipe might have been new to us when we found it, but it’s certainly not a new concept at large! Try adding more flavour to your hardboiled eggs for sandwiches or salads by soaking them in black tea, as outlined step by step thanks you Red House Spice.
3. Matcha cupcakes with jasmine buttercream
Are you actually so in love with the idea of making things that are flavoured with tea that you can’t help wondering whether there’s a way to combine two different kinds of tea in the same place? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how The Cinnamon Scrolls did just that in order to bake these matcha green tea cupcakes with jasmine tea infused buttercream icing.
4. Early grey shortbread cookies
Cupcakes aren’t the only delicious baked good that tea can add some sweet, subtle flavour to! We actually loved these Earl grey shortbread cookies from The Busy Baker so much that we’ve made two batches this month alone. Bonus points to them for including instructions for making a delicious complementary glaze for the cookies!
5. Poached pears in earl grey tea
There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it: poached pears are a delicious way to enjoy fruit just about any way you make or prepare them. That’s why we felt very enthusiastic indeed when we came across this delicious recipe from Beth Dunham for poached pears soaked in Earl grey tea! The flavour is sweet and subtle.
6. Early grey ice box cookies
Were you actually quite interested indeed in the idea of making Earl grey flavoured cookies but you’re not sure shortbread is the way you want to go and you’d actually be okay with skipping the glaze as well? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Crumb made these simply flavoured ice box cookies that are a little more low maintenance to make.
7. Earl grey tea cake
Do you actually love the flavour of Earl grey tea so much that you’d like to make other kinds of delicious baked goods with it as well besides just cookies? Well, if dense cakes are your thing, then we have a feeling you’ll really appreciate the way A Pretty Life in the Suburbs shows you how to make a bundt style Earl grey cake that’s full of a pleasant but somehow subtle flavour!
8. Coconut creme brulee made with black tea
What if you’re actually quite interested in the idea of making desserts with black tea but you’re just not sure that the tea flavour alone is quite enough for what you’re looking for? Then we think you’ll adore the way Bon Appeteat took their black tea creme brulee to the next level by adding a delicious element of coconut as well.
9. Baked rhubarb and apples with Earl grey tea, cardamom, and orange zest
Rhubarb is quite a popular thing to serve as a sweetened dessert dish where we’re from, but we recently realized that this isn’t the case everywhere else and we were quite shocked! That’s why we’d absolutely encourage everyone to take a look at this delicious recipe from Taste Space that guides you through the process of making baked rhubarb and apples with Earl grey tea, cardamom, and orange zest.
10. Matcha brownies
Have you actually been scrolling through all these different tea based baked goods and wondering where all the chocolate is, since you’re a total “choco-holic”? Then we’re pleased to show you that your patience has paid off, because we’ve finally got the recipe for you! Check out how Dish n’ The Kitchen made these matcha brownies that are basically perfect in consistency.
11. Chai tea latte ice cream
As we’ve been scrolling through this list, we’ve realized that one of our very favourite kinds of teas to drink hasn’t been included yet as part of a food dish! Chai tea is always delicious no matter how it’s served and we’re pleased to report that this homemade Chai tea latte ice cream outlined step by step on Jo and Sue is no exception.
12. Earl grey orange truffles
Truffles are delicious. Orange chocolate is mouthwatering. Earl grey tea is comforting and scrumptious. It only makes perfect sense, then, that this delicious recipe from Tiny Sweet Tooth for making Earl grey orange truffles tastes absolutely divine as well! Check out their tutorial to see how surprisingly simple these delicious little treats are to make.
13. Raw chocolate matcha macaroons
If you’ve never tried raw desserts, which require no baking, then we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out! To get you started, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how The Teacup of Life made these super flavourful raw chocolate matcha macaroons that perfectly blends different tastes and different textures.
14. Sweet tea BBQ chicken
We know we’ve talked a lot about using tea to make sweet treats and dessert based dishes of all kinds but, believe it or not, sugary things aren’t the only kinds of foods you can make with tea! Sweet tea BBQ chicken, like this recipe outlined step by step on What’s Gaby Cooking, is the perfect example of what we mean.
15. Earl grey tea chicken
Does the idea of flavouring your chicken using tea actually appeal to you a lot but you’re not sure that incorporating a sweet based flavour is really that direction you’d like to take things in? Then we have a feeling you might get along a little bit better with a recipe like this one from Cravings of A Lunatic that teaches you how to add flavour to your chicken using Earl grey tea instead.