Cooking Recipes Infused with Tea

Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Just like wine, tea is not just a beverage but can be also infused in recipes and cooked with. In the last few decades, several international chefs have been seen experimenting with the flavor of tea and combining it with a variety of classic recipes.

If you want to put a spin on your favorite desserts and savory recipes, here are some ways to infuse tea in your cooking:

Green Tea Infused Noodle Soup

Although tea infused desserts are most popular in the West, in countries like China, tea is generally used in savory dishes. The infusion of tea is meant to negate the harmful effects of the greasy elements of the dish to some extent. To make delicious green tea flavored noodle soup, all you have to is tweak the original recipe a little bit. Before adding anything else to the chicken or vegetable broth, simmer it for a few minutes with green tea leaves till they are tender. This gives a beautiful aromatic smell and earthy taste to the soup.

Tea Smoked Chicken or Pork Tenderloin

Introducing a subtle tea flavor to chicken or tenderloin can give a clever spin to a classic recipe. The recipe remains the same and just a small addition is made to accommodate the tea into the meat. Prepare the marinade as usual and dip the meat with it. When you prepare the tray for baking, line it with foil and sprinkle a small amount of sugar and some tea leaves onto it. Place the chicken and seal the tray with another sheet of foil.

After the baking is done, allow the foil lid to stay on for some time. This will enhance the woody and smoked flavor of the tea to enter the meat and elevate the recipe to impress your guests.

Matcha Green Tea Cookies

There is nothing better than tea and cookies expect tea in cookies. If you are looking for an easy dessert recipe, here is a colorful cookies recipe you can try. All you have to do is add the matcha green tea powder in your cookie batter and bake it like you normally would. The only thing that you must keep in mind here is that the matcha must not overpower the other ingredients and vice versa. Matcha cookies are a great way to make a sweet snack healthier.

Pears Poached in Earl Grey

If you are looking for something light and healthy, fruits poached in tea brews are definitely your thing. Pears and Earl Grey are a popular combination that you must try out. These are extremely easy to prepare as all you have to do is peel the peaches and allow them to simmer in tea for about 10 minutes or till the flesh becomes soft. These can be served as dessert with whipped cream, ice-cream or chocolates.

Some other masterful infusions of tea in everyday food can be seen in the form of green tea flavored ice-cream, tea flavored cupcake fillings as well as Earl Grey vanilla frosting.