November 4, 2015

Tea Drinks for the Fall and Winter

With the Summer season fading away it’s time to rejoice in the activities we love to do in the Fall and Winter seasons.  Apple picking, pumpkin carving, lovely hikes to view the foliage, skiing, sledding, snowshoeing and so much more.  Part of the joy at this time of year is the season change in our diets.  Gone are the fresh fruits and salads of summer – bring on hearty stews and the aroma of freshly baked goodies!  Below are a few recipes to add to your cool weather tea drinking repertoire. Happy Sipping!     Creamy Earl Grey London Fog 2 tsp Creamy Earl Grey tea 8 oz water 8 oz milk (regular, coconut, almond – your choice) ½ tsp sugar (if desired) Brew tea for 3-5 minutes […]
October 13, 2015

Sweet Treats with Fall Teas

Now that the heat of Summer has fled turn up your oven and enjoy these recipes using “Fall” teas.  There’s nothing like a hot cup of tea and a tasty treat to keep you cozy inside when it’s chilly outside!   Chai Pumpkin Bread Enjoy teatime with the Fall tastes of pumpkin and spices. Delicious! 1 cup canola oil 2 2/3 cup white sugar 4 eggs 15oz can pumpkin puree 2/3 cup water 2 tsp Chai Black Tea (You can also use Herbal Chai Masala blend or any of our spiced teas) 3 1/3 cup all-purpose flour ½ tsp baking powder 2 tsp. baking soda 1 ½ tsp salt 1 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips Preheat oven […]
October 12, 2015

Apple Pie Chai Tea Scones

  Great tastes of Fall – These Apple Pie Chai Tea Scones will surely please your guests! Ingredients: 10 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp Apple Pie Chai Herbal Tisane 2 cups all purpose flour 1 cup White Whole Wheat Flour 1 Tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup chopped apples 4 Tbsp sugar ½ cup vanilla yogurt ½ cup milk Drizzle: ½ cup confectioner’s sugar 1 Tbsp cream (or half and half) ½ tsp cinnamon Directions: In a small saucepan melt the butter. When melted add the tea, cover, and steep 10 minutes. Strain out the tea into a measuring glass to equal ½ cup of tea infused butter. Freeze. Preheat the oven to 500°F and lightly grease a baking sheet. Blend the flours, […]
September 28, 2015

Summer Cocktails

  Summer’s not over yet!  Here are a couple of summer cocktails recipes to help you enjoy the last days of summer!     Don’t let the name fool you, this tea/ summer cocktails can be enjoyed anytime of the year! The tea brews to a dark amber cup with a smooth, refreshing, light peach taste and subtle Earl Grey undertones. Infused Vodka: Put 1 Tbsp of Summertime Earl Grey Tea in an 8oz jar and cover with vodka. Set aside for 5 days to infuse then strain out the tea. Cocktail: 1oz Summertime Earl Grey Vodka 5oz Tonic Orange twist or wedge Fill a glass with ice then add the vodka and tonic.  Garnish with an orange twist or wedge.  The orange flavor really complements the bergamot! […]
July 2, 2015

Winter Wonderland Streusel Coffeecake

The chocolate, cinnamon and hazelnut tastes in this herbal tisane make it the perfect ingredient to use in baking and especially in this coffeecake recipe. Delicious!
April 22, 2015

Cozy Comfort Tea Banana Bread

A delicious tea bread made with tea!  Nothing says cozy more than this tea and the aroma of baking sweet breads.  This bread is lovely and even lovelier when enjoyed with a cup of Simpson & Vail’s Cozy Comfort tea Banana Nut Bread with Cozy Comfort Tea 1 1/2  cup flour 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1 Tbsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup (4 oz) Cozy Comfort tea butter* 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 2 eggs 1/3 cup honey 1 1/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (3-4 medium)1 cup walnuts, chopped *Cozy Comfort Tea Butter 5 oz butter 2 tsp Cozy Comfort tea Melt the butter in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat.  Add the Cozy Comfort tea and let […]
March 16, 2015

Using Earl Grey tea in all your favorite recipes

Have you used tea as an ingredient in baking yet? If not, you’re in for a tasty surprise when you try it! The two most used teas in recipes are Chai and Earl Grey, and you’ll find recipes using both on our website. The Earl Grey recipes we feature are Earl Grey Tea Shortbread and Earl Grey Chocolate Truffles. Here’s another one that I just made – Earl Grey Almond Cookies: Earl Grey Almond Cookies 1 ¾ cups flour 1/3 cup ground almonds 1/8 tsp salt 6 Tbsp confectioners’ sugar 2 tsp Earl Grey tea leaves, ground 4 ½ oz butter, chilled and diced 1 egg ½ tsp vanilla extract thick jam for filling confectioners’ sugar for dusting Put the flour, almonds, salt, confectioners’ sugar and ground Earl […]
December 31, 2014

Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Chocolate and mint … a perfect combination especially during the holiday season! We infused our organic Candy Cane Rooibos Holiday tisane in butter for a delicious, sweet mint flavor. “Tea” butter: 7 oz butter 3 Tbsp Candy Cane Rooibos organic herbal “tea” blend Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add the Candy Cane tisane and steep on low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and steep for 5 minutes. Strain the leaves from the butter using a fine strainer or cheesecloth. Some of the butter clings to the tea leaves, so always make sure to use more butter than a recipe calls for when making infused tea butters. I strained the tea butter into a measuring cup to make sure I had enough […]
October 10, 2014

Apple Cinnamon Tea Cookies

  These Apple Cinnamon Tea Cookies are so scrumptious that we ate almost all of them right from the oven! To add the superb flavor to these cookies, we infused our Apple Cinnamon Coffeecake black dessert tea in butter then strained out the leaves.  The butter was left with the most heavenly taste and aroma. Tea butter: 2 sticks (8oz) butter 8 Tbsp Apple Cinnamon Coffeecake Black tea blend Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add the tea and steep on low heat for 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat and steep for 5 minutes.  Strain the leaves from the butter using a fine strainer or cheesecloth.  Some of the butter clings to the tea leaves, so always make sure to use more butter than […]
August 20, 2014

Blueberry Gingerbread Tea Muffins

Blueberry season is slowly dwindling to a close unfortunately but hopefully you were able to get out and pick some of these delicious berries to eat and to freeze.   I recently went blueberry picking on a  lovely summer morning and picked 6 quarts.  Yum!  The farm handed out a recipe booklet when we left and, among the tasty treats they wrote about, I found this muffin recipe.  It’s incredibly delicious and I hope you enjoy them! Ingredients: 1 1/2 tsp gingerbread tea 1 cup water 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup molasses 1/2 cup oil (canola, sunflower…) 2 1/2 cups flour 1 1/4 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cloves 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ginger 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen) Preheat oven to […]