If you love English Tea Shop teas as much as we do, you if there are more ways to use them in your cooking and baking than just sipping them as a lovely warm cup of tea.
We have some surprising recipes that will show you how to make delicious dishes and desserts with your favourite teas. Whether you want to add some flavour to your breakfast, impress your guests with a stunning cake, or treat yourself to a decadent dessert, we have something for you. Here are some of our favourite recipes with English Tea Shop teas that are available at Biome.
With all these recipes, for the vegan version substitute a plant based milk, butter or cream.
1. Earl Grey French Toast
Start your day with a twist on the classic French toast, infused with the aromatic flavour of Earl Grey tea. All you need is some bread, eggs*, milk, sugar, vegan butter and English Tea Shop Earl Grey tea bags. Steep the tea bags in hot milk for a few minutes, then whisk in the eggs and sugar. Dip the bread slices in the tea mixture and cook them in a skillet with butter until golden and crisp. Serve with maple syrup, fresh berries or vegan whipped cream.
*Use a vegan egg replacer or please scroll to the end for some amazing recipes for vegan French Toast without using eggs!
2. Green Tea Pomegranate Smoothie
For a refreshing and healthy drink, try this green tea pomegranate smoothie that is packed with antioxidants and vitamins. You will need some frozen banana, pomegranate juice, vegan yogurt, agave nectar and English Tea Shop Green Tea Pomegranate tea bags. Brew the tea bags in hot water for a few minutes, then let them cool slightly. Blend all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Enjoy as a breakfast or a snack.
3. Turmeric, Ginger, Lemongrass Tofu Soup
Warm up your soul with this comforting and flavourful tofu soup that is infused with the spicy and citrusy notes of lemongrass ginger tea. You will need some vegetable stock, firm tofu, onion, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, carrot, celery, salt, pepper and English Tea Shop Turmeric, Ginger, Lemongrass tea bags. Simmer the vegetable stock with the tea bags for about 15 minutes, then strain and compost the tea bags. Cut the tofu into cubes and marinate them in some of the stock for 10 minutes. In another pot, sauté the onion, garlic, ginger and lemongrass until soft, then add the carrot and celery and cook for a few more minutes. Add the stock and tofu and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.
4. White Tea Matcha & Cinnamon Cake
Impress your guests with this stunning cake that is flavoured with white tea matcha and cinnamon tea. You will need some vegan butter, sugar, flax eggs (or other egg replacer), flour, baking powder, salt and English Tea Shop White Tea Matcha & Cinnamon tea bags for the cake batter. Cut open the tea bags and mix the contents with some plant-based milk in a small saucepan over low heat until well combined. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then add the flax eggs one at a time. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and fold gently. Stir in the tea mixture until well incorporated. Pour the batter into two greased cake pans and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
For the frosting, you will need some vegan cream cheese, vegan butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Beat all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy.
To assemble the cake, place one cake layer on a plate or cake stand and spread some frosting over it evenly. Place the other cake layer on top and cover the whole cake with more frosting. Decorate with fresh berries or edible flowers if desired.
5. Super Berries Cheesecake Bites
Treat yourself to these delicious cheesecake bites that are bursting with berry flavour from super berries tea. You will need some vegan graham crackers, vegan butter, sugar, vegan cream cheese, vegan sour cream, cornstarch, vanilla extract and English Tea Shop Super Berries tea bags for the cheesecake filling. Cut open the tea bags and mix the contents with some water in a small saucepan over low heat until well combined. Crush the graham crackers in a food processor or a ziplock bag and mix with melted butter and sugar. Press the mixture into a 9 x13 inch baking pan and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly golden.
Beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth and creamy, then add the sour cream, cornstarch and vanilla extract and beat well. Stir in the tea mixture until well incorporated. Pour the filling over the crust and bake for 25 minutes or until set.
Let the cheesecake cool completely in the pan, then cut into bite-sized pieces. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
We hope you enjoyed these delicious recipes with English Tea Shop teas and we hope you will try them at home. You can find more recipes and tips on The English Tea Shops website. Biome is a stockist of English Tea Shop teas. You can buy English Tea Shops teas online with Biome in Australia. Happy cooking and baking!
Vegan French Toast Recipes
15-Minute Eggless French Toast by Live Eat Learn
This recipe uses cornstarch and nutritional yeast to create a custardy batter that mimics the texture and flavour of eggs. You will need some plant-based milk, flour, nutritional yeast, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, bread and vegan butter or oil. Simply whisk the batter ingredients in a shallow bowl, dip the bread slices in it, and cook them in a skillet until golden and crisp. Serve with maple syrup, powdered sugar and fresh fruit.
Vegan French Toast by Nora Cooks
This recipe also uses cornstarch as the secret ingredient to make the french toast crisp and thick. You will need some soy milk (or any other non-dairy milk), cornstarch, ground flaxseeds, baking powder, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract, bread and vegan butter or oil. Whisk the batter ingredients in a shallow bowl, soak the bread slices in it for about 10 seconds, and cook them in a frying pan until golden brown and crispy. Serve with maple syrup, powdered sugar and fresh fruit.