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Baking With Our January Fan Of The Month And Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea!

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Earlier this month we introduced you to Tiffany King, our January Fan of the Month! Tiffany, who home schools her children, also creates recipes and writes about home cooking on her Eat at Home blog. Best of all, even though she’s super-busy, Tiffany always manages to find time for a cup of Bigelow Tea!

Recently Tiffany was inspired to create some sweet, spiced muffins using Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea! We wanted to share the recipe for Spiced Chai Tea Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Topping with you today. We hope you’ll break out the muffin pan and give it a try!

Spiced Chai Tea Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 Tbs. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 stick butter, softened
2 eggs
1/4 cup strong brewed Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla

For the topping:

5 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 Tbs. butter
5 Tbs. flour

Instructions:

Stir flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
In a mixer bowl, mix butter, sugar and eggs.
Add brewed tea, milk and vanilla to wet ingredients and mix till well blended.
Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir gently till well combined.
Divide evenly between 12 muffin tins.
Using a fork, combine all ingredients for topping until you have crumbs.
Sprinkle on top of muffins.
Bake at 400 degrees 15-20 minutes.

Yield: 1 dozen muffins

Notes: To make the strong, brewed tea use 1 or 2 tea bags and 1/4 cup boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes.

 

Joss Stone Sips Super-Spiced Tea

Monday, December 10th, 2007

In our most recent celebrity tea sighting, British soul singer Joss Stone was recently spotted sipping a super spicy tea concoction. According to a November 27th story in The New York Times, Stone  enjoyed peppermint tea “laced with ginger and cayenne” during a rehearsal break while chatting with country music darling LeAnn Rimes.  The singers were preparing for an upcoming episode of the CMT (Country Music Television) series “Crossroads.” 

Many claim that the addition of ginger and cayenne to tea is good for the throat. And, indeed, Stone needed to keep her vocal chords in tip top shape during the four days of recording.

You can hear Joss Stone and LeAnn Rimes in CMT’s Crossroads:  Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. Or view the show’s online videos at the CMT website.

This Is What To Eat With Your Cup Of Bigelow Black Tea

Friday, April 14th, 2017


Have you ever thought about how a cup of black tea totally comes alive with a well-paired dish? Think about it…when you combine certain flavors, those on the plate can definitely enhance what’s in your cup and suddenly, your tea really pops. Maybe it’s more robust. Or sweeter. Possibly more smooth. Each food and tea pairing is absolutely unique, and at Bigelow Tea, we love when that happens! It’s all about exploring and savoring a variety of tastes, right? Like, a cup of black tea paired with Pomegranate Pepper Steaks. It’s nothing short of amazing. Or, if you’re looking for a bit of a kick, try coupling a cup of Darjeeling with a Tea-Braised Leg of Lamb with Pear, Jalapeno and Tea-Infused Chutney. And don’t forget dessert! (Psh… who could forget dessert?!) You know how you love a drizzle of honey in your tea? Well, pair a cup of black tea with this recipe for Spicy Chai-Poached Pears and you’ll make your heart happy. Is your mouth watering yet? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Don’t worry, the recipes are here to stay.

If you’re still looking for more tea and food pairings, this chart of suggestions from the Tea Association of Canada might help guide you on your next flavor adventure. Find one that you like? Join the conversation and share it with other tea lovers—tag your discoveries with #TeaProudly. Show us whatcha got!

Pomegranate Pepper Steaks

Ingredients

1 cup (250mL) boiling water
12 Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags
3 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced in strips
2 tablespoons (30mL) olive oil
4 – 6oz. (168g) round steak, tenderized
Salt to taste
Dash of pepper
Pomegranate seeds for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Add tea bags to boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid. Reserve. Add olive oil to a heavy skillet, saute peppers until soft. Set aside. Add steak to peppers and continue sauteing for about 5 minutes on each side or until done to your taste. Place steaks on a warm plate, top with peppers. Keep warm. Pour tea into hot skillet, add salt and pepper, stirring and scrapping brown pits from pan. Boil to reduce liquid to ½ cup (125mL). Pour sauce over steak and peppers. Serve with hot rice. Garnish with pomegranate seeds is desired. Great with Bigelow Pomegranate Risotto.

Tea Braised Leg of Lamb with Pear, Jalapeno and Tea Infused Chutney

Ingredients

4 pounds leg of lamb, boneless, ready to roast kosher salt and Black Pepper
clarified butter, or any high heat fat (enough to coate bottom of pan)
2 sweet onions, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
4 celery ribs, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
32 ounces chicken stock
8  Bigelow Lemon Lift Tea bags
8  Bigelow Plantation Mint Tea bags

Chutney:

2 pounds pear, diced
1 cup jalapeno, diced
2 cups sweet onion, diced
1 cup white vinegar

Bigelow Mint Medley Herbal Tea bags
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 cup agave nectar, or sugar

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees.

Heat braising pan and add enough fat to cover bottom. Heat stock to a boil and add tea bags and let steep while lamb is browning. Dry lamb with paper towels and season with salt and pepper and immediately sear on all sides in braising pan. Remove from pan and sweet onion, garlic. Then add celery and carrot and sweat till they begin to become tender. Return lamb back to pan and add stock. Stock should slightly cover or come up at least three quarters of the lamb leg. Place in low 200 degree oven for approximately four hours or until fork tender. Remove from braising liquid and place braiser on stove with liquid and reduce to about 1 cup and strain. Season to taste and serve with lamb.

While lamb is braising prepare chutney. Heat vinegar to boil and add tea bags, let steep five minutes. Combine all diced ingredients in a pot and cover with steeped vinegar and tea bags and agave nectar (or sugar). Let cook till liquid has reduced and is syrupy and pears are tender. Chill and serve with lamb.

Spicy Chai Poached Pears

Ingredients

12 Bigelow® Spiced Chai Tea Bags
8 cups (2L) boiling water
2 cups (500mL) sugar
4 pears, peeled and cored
1 cup (250mL) mascarpone cheese
1 teaspoon (5mL) vanilla extract
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup honey
Fresh mint leaves for garnish
Zest of orange

Instructions

Over medium heat, add boiling water to large saucepan. Add Bigelow® Spiced Chai tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Add sugar, bring mixture to under a boil, once sugar has dissolved, add pears. Reduce to a simmer and poach pears for 15-20 minutes until soft. Reserve liquid and cool to room temperature. Mix cheese, vanilla, heavy cream and honey together. Thin mixture with 3 tablespoons of the reserved liquid. Place 1 cup of the reserved liquid and orange zest in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce liquid to ⅔ of a cup. To serve place 2 tablespoons liquid mixture on each plate, place a pear on top and drizzle with cheese sauce. Garnish with mint leaves.

French Madeleines and Bigelow Green Tea? Yes Please!

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

biogelow tea classic green tea mugThe light and refreshing taste of Bigelow Tea’s Classic Green Tea is, well, simply sippable! As one Bigelow Tea Facebook fan, Nicolette Simmonsposted, “a day without green tea is a day without sunshine.” Green tea comes from the Camellia sinesis leaves that are immediately steamed or pan-fired to avoid oxidation. This results in an ultra smooth flavor that is lower in caffeine and more delicate than the typical black tea. Green tea also is high in polyphenols known as EGCG, making it a wonderful component to a healthy lifestyle.

While green tea goes well with everything from fish to veggies, it’s also particularly well matched to a light and sweet treat, such as a simple cookie like French Madeleines. The Tea Association of Canada has a particularly handy chart that advises on what types of teas pair well with various types of foods which is super handy!  Never heard of a tea and food pairing?  Then check out the chart but then try a few of your own matches to come up with new combinations.

While we’re on the topic, it’s worth knowing that in general, when it comes to tea and food pairings, the heavier the tea, the more hearty the food, such as Earl Gray with an Orange Beef and Broccoli dish, or Darjeeling served with a Roast Pork Loin with Spiced Apple Cider Apples. On the other side of the spectrum, one very light combination might be Lemon Ginger Tea paired with Orange and Spice Pureed Carrots. But back to this particular tea pairing – you have to try this scrumptious Madeleines cookie recipe (by Bigelow Tea fan Jen) in your own kitchen, accompanied by a cup of green. So “delish”!

FRENCH MADELEINES

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Ingredients

  • 4 oz (1 stick), plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Spoon 3 tablespoons of butter into a small bowl or cup and set aside. Let the rest of the butter cool slightly.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together one cup of the flour and the sugar, and set aside. In another medium bowl, whisk the two eggs with the vanilla, salt, lemon juice, and lemon zest until the eggs are frothy.
  3. Add the eggs to the flour. Using a spatula, stir until just combined. Add the 4 ounces of melted butter and continue to stir. It may take a minute for the butter to blend into the mixture but do not over mix.
  4. Cover the bowl with a plate (or plastic wrap) and place in the refrigerator to rest at least one hour and up to overnight.
  5. Add the remaining one tablespoon of flour to the 3 tablespoons reserved butter and stir to combine.
  6. Using a pastry brush, brush the interiors of the shells with the butter-flour mixture so that they are well coated.
  7. Preheat the oven and fill pans. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the batter from the refrigerator.
  8. Fill each well in the madeleine pan with 1 tablespoon of the batter.
  9. Bake the madeleines. Place both pans on a baking sheet for easy handling and place in the oven. Check after 8 minutes
  10. The madeleines should be browning around the edges and puffed up a little in the middle. Using your forefinger, press lightly on the center hump — when the madeleines are finished baking, it should spring back at your touch.
  11. Cool and dust with sugar. Remove the madeleines from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes. Using a fork, gently loosen the madeleines from their molds and then tip the whole pan out onto a cooling wrack or tea towel. Once cool, dust lightly with powdered sugar and serve.

Tell us: what food pairings would you like to try?

Ring In 2017 With One Of These Snazzy Drinks Made With Bigelow Tea!

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

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You can’t ring in 2017 without a drink in your hand, right?! On a night as special as New Year’s Eve, you’ll definitely need a fun and festive beverage to match. And if you’re hosting guests, you’ll absolutely want to dazzle them… Prefer something bubbly? We’ve got you covered. Going for a cocktail with extra oomph? No problem. Want to keep things family-friendly and nonalcoholic? Easy. Here are six delicious drinks to consider — and, of course, they all share a not-so-secret ingredient: Bigelow Tea!

Hot Eggnogg’n Buttered Rum

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Ingredients

6 tea bags Bigelow Eggnogg’n Tea*
6 cups (48-ounces) hot water

Spiced Butter:

¾ cup light brown sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon salt
8 to 12-ounces (1 to 1 ½ cups) clear rum
Whipped cream, optional

*Variations: Try using Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea or Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea

Instructions

In large glass bowl, place tea bags; add hot water. Brew for 4 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags then discard bags. Meanwhile, in small mixer bowl add all Spiced Butter ingredients; beat at medium high speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until light in color (1 minute). In 6 mugs or heat-proof glasses, place 2 tablespoons spiced butter, 2-ounces rum, and 6 ounces hot brewed tea. Mix until Spiced Butter melts. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.

Spicy Chocolate Chai Tea

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Ingredients

¾ cups (180mL) boiling water
Bigelow® Spiced Chai Tea Bags
1½ tablespoons (22.5mL) unsweetened cocoa
2 tablespoons (30mL) sugar
2 cups (500mL) whole milk
3 cinnamon sticks
Whipping cream, optional

Instructions

Pour boiling water over Bigelow® Spiced Chai tea bags and let steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeeze out excess tea from tea bags. Place tea in saucepan, stir in cocoa, sugar and cook until dissolved or just until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in milk and continue to heat until mixture is thoroughly heated. Pour into cups and garnish with cinnamon sticks and whipping cream, if desired.

Orange & Spice® Hot Mulled Wine

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Ingredients

4 cups red table wine
Bigelow Orange & Spice® Herbal Tea Bags
½ cup light brown sugar
1 bay leaf

Instructions

Try a Bigelow “Naughteas” Cocktail – a drink made using Bigelow Orange and Spice herbal tea and alcohol. Place red wine in a medium saucepan and heat to simmer. (DO NOT BOIL.) Add tea bags and let sit over low heat for 30 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags. Add sugar and bay leaf, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let wine sit over low heat for another 10 minutes, then remove bay leaf. Reheat and serve as needed.

Sparkling “Constant Comment” Tea Holiday Punch

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Ingredients

4 cups water
Bigelow “Constant Comment”® Tea Bags
2 quarts Sparkling Water**
1 12-oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 12-oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 8-oz. can crushed pineapple with juice
Garnish with Orange Slices

Instructions

In a saucepan, bring water to boil, add tea bags, cover and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Allow tea to cool; then chill. Just before serving time, combine tea, sparkling water or Champagne, juice concentrates, and pineapple in a large punch bowl. Garnish with Orange Slices ** Celebrating a special event? Spark it up by substituting 1-½ to 2 bottles of Champagne for the Sparkling Water

Raspberry Holiday Punch

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Ingredients

2 cups Cranberry Juice or Cran-Raspberry Juice
Juice of ½ lime
2 cups ginger ale or lemon lime soda
Sherbert (Raspberry or Lime)
1 quart (4 cups)
Bigelow Red Raspberry Herbal Tea chilled

Instructions

Mix together all ingredients (except soda and sherbert) in punch bowl. Just before serving, add soda slowly to punch bowl and stir gently. Add ice and garnish with fresh lime slices and sherbert. **Either Bigelow Red Raspberry Herbal Iced Tea or Bigelow Red Raspberry Herbal hot tea bags can be used in the preparation of this recipe. For iced tea, prepare according to directions on the box. For the hot tea bags prepare according to package directions to make iced tea using 6-8 tea bags per 32 ounces boiling water. Prepare ahead of time and chill. Optional Garnish: Make a frozen decorative ring – You’ll need: 1 round fluted pan (bundt, tube pan, gelatin mold) Fresh Fruit Water Fill bottom ⅓ of pan with water and freeze until firm. Add fresh or thawed raspberries around pan, alternating with lime slices*; freeze an additional 15-30 minutes or until semi-firm; add remaining water and freeze until set. To remove ring from container, gently dip in hot water to release edges. Remove and place ring in punch bowl. *Can use orange, lemon or any fruit you want to accentuate.

Pomegranate Pizzazz Champagne Punch

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Ingredients

1 ¼ cups boiling water
Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags*
750-ml bottle champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
2 tablespoons orange juice
¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds (optional)

*Variation – Red Raspberry Champagne Punch: substitute 6 Bigelow® Red Raspberry Herbal tea bags for the Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz and substitute ½ cup fresh raspberries for the pomegranate seeds.

Instructions

The bright red color of this sparkling punch is perfect for the holidays. The addition of fresh pomegranate seeds makes it extra-festive! Combine water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags and remove. Add orange juice. To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes. Pour champagne into a large pitcher. Add tea mixture and pomegranate seeds to pitcher and stir. Serve immediately.

Stumped On What To Serve For The Holiday Feast? Turn to Bigelow Tea!

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

bigelow-tea-christmas-treeIt’s beginning to “cook” a lot like Christmas! Whether your holiday plans include hosting the gang at your place, joining a festive family potluck, or just making a quiet dinner at home with your loved one (and your favorite tea by your side) ,Bigelow Tea has just the recipes for a main course that’s sure to become the main attraction for the evening! For taste buds that are tempted by succulent duck, hearty pork, or mouthwatering shrimp, these meals are all special enough to shine at any holiday event. And when you tell your guests you cooked up your culinary masterpiece with tea, we’ll be waiting for the report back that you received a round of applause. Read on for how to make these holiday meal masterpieces!

Pan Seared Duck with Orange & Spice Gastrique

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Ingredients

  • 10, 6 ounce Duck Breasts, with skin on
  • 4 Shallots, minced
  • ½ cup  Sugar
  • ½ cup White wine, Chablis
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 4 tea bags of Bigelow Tea Orange & Spice
  • ½ cup Butter, cubed

Instructions

Score duck breast on skin to form cross hatch marks. Season both sides with salt and peppers and place skin side down in preheated pan. Sear till fat is rendered and skin is crispy. While duck is searing combine sugar, vinegar, wine and tea bags, let cold steep. When duck is crispy turn and let brown on other side. Cook till medium rare. Remove from pan and pour off excess duck fat leaving enough to sweat shallots. Let duck rest. Cook shallots till transparent and add sugar, wine, vinegar and tea mixture. Reduce till sauce becomes thick and syrupy. Add butter and whisk in till fully incorporated. Slice duck on a bias and plate then evenly distribute sauce for each breast.

Lemon Ginger Shrimp

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Ingredients

Instructions

Put 8 cups water in a pot. Add 4-5 Lemon Ginger Herb Plus Tea Bags. Bring water to a boil. Add shrimp to boiling water and cook approximately 3 minutes or until shrimp are pink. Drain. Shrimp can be used over pasta with garlic olive oil, steamed broccoli and sun dried tomatoes.

Roast Loin of Pork with Spiced Apple Cider Apples

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Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups (975mL) boiling water, divided
  • 1 box Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea Bags
  • 2 ½ lb. (1kg) pork loin roast
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Apple Garnish:
  • 4 large firm cooking apples, peeled and cut into slices
  • (example: Fuji, Granny Smith, Cortland)
  • 1 cup (250mL) reserved (from above) Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) brown sugar

Instructions

Boil water and add 20 Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal tea bags. Let steep for 5-8 minutes. Remove bags by squeezing well and discard. Make slits in the roast and insert garlic slices. Combine 2 ½ cups (625mL) Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea with olive oil, bay leaves and salt and pepper in a large plastic bag, add pork roast and marinate for 8 hours or overnight in refrigerator. Refrigerate 1 cup (250mL) reserved Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea for Apple Garnish. When ready to roast pork, preheat over to 350ºF (180ºC). Remove meat from marinade, place meat in roasting pan and put into oven and roast for approximately 60 minutes or until meat is no longer pink inside and thermometer reads 160ºF (71ºC). Meanwhile, prepare apple garnish by combining reserved 1 cup (250mL) Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea and brown sugar, place in large skillet, add apple slices and cook on medium heat until liquid has reduced and apple is tender and flavored with tea. Serve slices of pork with apple garnish.

We want to wish the happiest of holidays to all our fellow tea drinkers (and tea-using chefs as well!). We hope your season is filled with joy, love, and memorable moments with your favorite mug of tea of course! Cheers to all the proud tea lovers! Tell us, what plans are on your holiday agenda this year, and what special tea flavor do you plan to drink to celebrate the occasion?

Butter Cookies, Vanilla Chai Cashew Brittle, and Orange Spice Madeleines, OH MY! Bigelow Tea In The Recipe Mix This Holiday Season!!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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December Goals

Cozy Nights with Warm Blankets

Hot Tea

Yummy Food

People We Love

With so much to look forward to, it’s no wonder we all love this time of year, right?  So how can we together make the holiday season super bright? Why not combine to-die-for dessert recipes that take some of our favorite Bigelow tea flavors served up in delicious new ways along with your elbow grease?  After all, we are here to help you celebrate big — direct from your own kitchen. Go ahead, make one or make them all. (Besides, calories don’t count if it’s homemade, right?!)

Lemon Lift® Glazed Butter Cookies

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Ingredients

⅔ cups confectioners sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
Bigelow Lemon Lift® Tea Bag

Instructions

Beat together the sugar and butter until smooth and creamy. Stir in flour and salt, blending until dough is formed. Divide dough in half; shape into disks and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350° F. Roll dough on lightly floured surface to ¼”” thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters, re-rolling scraps for additional cookies. Place cookie shapes on ungreased cookie sheets and bake 12-15 minutes, or until edges start to brown. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool. Drizzle with Lemon Lift® Glaze.

*Lemon Lift® Glaze: Pour 2 tablespoons boiling water over 1 Bigelow Lemon Lift® tea bag in a small bowl. Let steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bag, squeezing out liquid. Gradually stir in 1 to 1 ½ cups confectioners sugar until mixture is a glaze consistency, adding a few drops yellow food coloring, if desired.

The Crowning Glory to your Holiday Cookies

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Ingredients

1 cup water
Bigelow Eggnogg’n Tea Bags
2 cups 10x confectioners sugar (powder sugar)

Instructions

Boil water. Place 4 tea bags in water and steep for 3-4 minutes. Remove tea bags and let liquid cool for ½ hour. Place sugar in mixing bowl. Add 2 tbsp. tea liquid and stir until completely mixed. Should be the consistency of honey. If not, gradually add more liquid in small amounts to reach desired consistency. Can be used as an icing for holiday cookies, scones, muffins, or ice cream.

Vanilla Chai Cashew Brittle

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Ingredients

2 cups water
4 tea bags of Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups corn syrup
4 cups raw cashews
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Bring water to a boil and steep tea bags for ten minutes. Line two ½ sheet pans with silicon baking sheets and coat with butter, keep warm in oven (warm-200 degrees). Coat inside of stainless steel 4 quart sauce pan with whole butter and add tea, sugar and corn syrup and heat till sugar is dissolved.

Increase heat and cook till mixture reaches 260 degrees. Add nuts and butter and continue to cook till thermometer reaches 295 degrees. Stir constantly. Add baking soda and vanilla and stir as it foams up and pour immediately between the two sheet pans. Spread out evenly and thinly to the edges of the pans. Place on cooling racks and let cool completely. Remove from pans and break into pieces. Store in airtight container and store at room temperature.

Constant Comment Spice Cake

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Ingredients

½ cup milk
Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea Bags
½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
1-⅔ cups flour
2-½ teaspoons baking powder
Confectioners sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a 9″ round cake pan. Combine milk and tea bags in a small saucepan. Heat over medium/low heat until bubbles form around the edge, stirring occasionally. (DO NOT BOIL.) Remove from heat and let cool (15-20 minutes); remove tea bags squeezing out liquid. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs and whisk to blend. Add the cooled milk; continue to whisk until thoroughly combined. Add flour and baking powder; mix until a smooth batter forms. Pour batter into pan. Bake approximately 35 minutes, or until center of cake springs back when touched. Cool on wire rack before removing from pan. Let cool completely before serving. Dust top with confectioners sugar.

Orange Spiced Madeleines

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Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter
Bigelow Orange Spice tea bags
2 tablespoons boiling water
4 eggs
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour Madeleine pan or spray with nonstick cooking spray. In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter.  Place tea bags in 2 tablespoons boiling water and steep for 5 minutes then pour into melted butter. Meanwhile, beat eggs and sugar for 5 minutes on medium high speed. Once batter is pale and have doubled in volume, gently fold in orange zest. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Add sifted flour in three parts, gently folding flour into egg batter after each addition. Slowly pour butter into batter while folding it in. Spoon about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of batter into each shell. Bake Madeleines for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely then sprinkle with powdered sugar and cinnamon.

Figs Brulée with Vanilla-Eggnog Ice Cream

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Ingredients

1 pint half-and-half
1 cup sugar
Bigelow Eggnogg’n® Tea Bags
2 vanilla beans, split lengthwise and scraped, seeds reserved, divided
12 egg yolks
18 figs
6 tablespoons butter, melted
½ cup sugar

Instructions

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the half-and-half, sugar, tea bags, and reserved seeds from 1 vanilla bean. Cook until the mixture just begins to boil; remove from heat, and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth. Using a ladle, pour 1 cup of the hot half-and-half mixture in a slow, steady stream into the beaten egg yolks, whisking constantly. Remove the tea bags from the half-and-half, and then add the egg-yolk mixture to the remaining half-and-half in the saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, or until the custard reaches 180º on an instant-read thermometer. Strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a stainless-steel bowl set in an ice bath. Stir until the custard is very cold. Freeze the custard in an ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Preheat oven to 350º. Cut each fig in half, and place each half, cut side up, in a well of a muffin pan. In a small bowl, mix together the butter and reserved seeds from remaining vanilla bean. Brush the top of each fig with the butter mixture, and bake for 6 minutes. Remove figs from oven, and evenly sprinkle the cut sides of the figs with the sugar. With a culinary torch, hold the flame about 2 inches above the surface of the figs. Direct the flame in an even back-and-forth motion so that the sugar melts and browns. Serve two prepared fig halves with a scoop of ice cream.

Bigelow Tea and Thanksgiving Dinner: Yes, Please!

Friday, November 18th, 2016

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We’re always thankful for Bigelow Tea in our mugs all year round. Tea truly transcends the seasons—a steaming cup soothes in cold weather, and a crisp, cool glass is the ultimate way to chill out on hot days. And when the holiday season kicks off, we love our brew even more, if that’s even possible! That’s because there are so many incredibly delicious things to cook that feature some of our favorite tea flavors. If you need ideas to make your Thanksgiving feast stand out this year, we’ve got you covered. Simply turn to tea! From a hot happy hour cocktail to a tantalizing turkey steeped in tea, you can plan every course around seasonal and traditional tea flavors.

We are here to be your one-stop shop for all Thanksgiving recipes with our complete tea-riffic Thanksgiving menu.  It doesn’t get easier (and tastier) than cooking with us! Family+ Friends + Bigelow Tea = a perfect #TeaProudly Thanksgiving! And from our hearts to your mugs, we thank you for being part of our tea squad!

Hot Pumpkin Spice Buttered Rum

Warm right up on a cool fall day (and kick off Thanksgiving fun) with this festive refreshment!

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Ingredients

  • 6 tea bags Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea*
  • 6 cups (48-ounces) hot water
  • Spiced Butter:
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 8 to 12-ounces (1 to 1 ½ cups) clear rum
  • Whipped cream, optional
  • Extra pumpkin pie spice, optional

*Variations: Try using  Bigelow Eggnogg’n Tea   or Bigelow Apple Cider Herb Tea

Instructions

In large glass bowl, place tea bags; add hot water. Brew for 4 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags then discard bags. Meanwhile, in small mixer bowl add all Spiced Butter ingredients; beat at medium high speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until light in color (1 minute). In 6 mugs or heat-proof glasses, place 2 tablespoons spiced butter, 2-ounces rum, and 6 ounces hot brewed tea. Mix until Spiced Butter melts. Garnish with whipped cream and a dusting of spice, if desired.

Miniature Vegetable Quiches

So delicious, you and your guests won’t be able to stop popping them!

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Ingredients

Tea Concentrate:

Vegetable Tea Mixture:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup diced colored bell peppers
  • ½ cup asparagus tips/ cut into small pieces, ½ – 1 inch
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • ¼ cup tea concentrate
  • Egg Mixture:
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 4-ounces (½ of an 8-ounce) package cream cheese, slightly softened, cut into 18-20 pieces
  • Dill, optional garnish

Instructions

Place tea bags in a 2-cup glass measure. Add water. Steep tea for 10 minutes. Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup. Discard tea bags. (About ½ cup tea concentrate.) Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 2 (12-cup) muffin tins with baking spray (spray well or alternatively use paper liners); set aside. In 10-inch non-stick skillet place olive oil. Heat for 1 minute. Add peppers, asparagus, peas, and shallots. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened. Add ¼ cup tea concentrate to vegetable mixture. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until most of the tea is evaporated. Remove from heat; set aside. In large bowl stir together eggs, half and half, salt and pepper. Mix well. In bottom of each prepared mini muffin tin, place about 1 tablespoon vegetable mixture. Top with piece of cream cheese. Fill to top with egg mixture. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until very lightly browned near edges. Remove from oven. Cool slightly. Garnish with dill if desired.

Lemon Ginger Sweet Potatoes

We are crazy for the spicy-sweet combo of lemon ginger with the classic Thanksgiving dish of sweet potatoes.

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Ingredients

Instructions

Cover potatoes with oil and roast till fork tender.  Combine sugar, water and tea and bring to a boil.

Add butter and pecans and bring to a boil.  When potatoes are done, peel and slice into 1/2 inch slices.

Shingle into pan and cover with tea mixture.  Bake at 350 till golden brown and bubbly.

Roasted Turkey with Constant Comment® Glaze

Ta-da! The main attraction. Your guests will be bowled over!

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Ingredients

Glaze:

Turkey and Gravy:

  • 1 10-15 pound (5-7.5g) turkey (thawed if previously frozen)
  • 1 lemon, cut into four pieces
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into four pieces
  • 1 cup (250mL) chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper to taste

*Variations: Try using Bigelow Orange and Spice Herbal Tea   

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350º. Steep tea bags in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out of tea bags and discard. Reserve tea. Meanwhile, prepare a glaze by heating butter, brown sugar and cranberry juice into a saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Add tea and reduce mixture by cooking over medium high heat for 15 minutes. Set aside. To prepare turkey, remove giblets and neck from turkey, rinse inside and out and pat dry. Place a cut lemon and a cut-up onion into the cavity and truss the turkey. Place in an open roasting pan breast side up. Brush skin with glaze. Bake turkey in preheated oven. Keep glaze warm on stove and continue basting with glaze every 20 minutes. Remove turkey from oven and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving. Discard any unused glaze. To make gravy, dissolve cornstarch in chicken stock. Place roasting pan on burner over medium heat, scraping browned bits. Add stock whisking constantly until thickened; about 1 minute. Strain gravy and serve with turkey. As a nice alternative, use a 9-11 pound oven stuffer roaster chicken in place of the turkey. For best results, tie the chicken with string at the legs and the wings. For the glaze reduce the number of tea bags from 12 to 8.

Cranberry Apple and Orange Spice Pumpkin Pie

You’re never too full for pie – especially this one!

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Ingredients

Instructions

Heat milk and add tea bags and let steep 15 to 20 minutes.  Meanwhile whisk egg, sugar and salt together.

Add pumpkin puree and blend till smooth.  Slowly stir in tea steeped milk and blend till smooth.

Pour into prepared pie shell and bake till center does not move when lightly shaken.

Pies may take 30 to 40 minutes, shallower squares may take 20 to 30 minutes.

Creamy Custard Rice Pudding made with Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea

If gobbling up this entire desert is wrong, we don’t want to be right!

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Ingredients

  • 11 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags
  • ¾ cup raw long grain rice
  • 5 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1-½ tsp vanilla
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • Handful of raisins

Instructions

Pour 1-½ cups boiling water over 3 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags. Steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags without squeezing. In a saucepan, return tea to boiling. Add rice and stir. Cook over high heat until tea returns to a low boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook rice according to package directions, approximately 20 minutes. In a large saucepan, scald 6 cups milk to which 8 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags have been added. Remove tea bags without squeezing. In a large bowl, beat eggs with fork. Add rice, sugar, salt, raising and vanilla. Gradually add milk and mix well. Pour mixture into 2-½ quart baking dish. Place into larger pan filled with 1 inch boiling water. Bake in 350 degree over for 60 minutes. Remove from oven. Remove skin from top layer of custard and discard. Stir gently to evenly distribute rice. Refrigerate. Serve chilled. Garnish with whipped cream.

Bigelow Has Breakfast In the (Tea!) Bag

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

bigelow-tea-mug-of-teaIf you’re not really the early-rising, breakfast-eating type, we at Bigelow Tea are here to convince you otherwise. Being proud tea drinkers makes us all about choosing healthy choices. And that includes grabbing an eye-opening morning meal that will make you want to be rid of the snooze button once and for all.

Chowing down on breakfast offers your body all sorts of amazing benefits. Did you know that people who eat breakfast generally weigh less? The theory is that eating breakfast makes you crave healthier food choices throughout the day since you aren’t starving come lunchtime. One study from the Harvard School of Public Health even suggests that not eating breakfast can lead to weight gain, diabetes, as well as high cholesterol and blood pressure. Not convinced yet that breakfast is the best? How about if we told you that breakfast also fuels your brain — kind of important if you’re heading to the office or school!

So nibble something yummy with that steaming mug of tea and start feeling amazing every morning.

We are crazy for these sweet yet filling, recipes. They’re so good, yet so simple to whip up…. important when you’re half asleep! We know you love your tea, but we promise you’ll love it even more when it accompanies one of these mouthwatering breakfasts!  Happy breakfast eating tea lovers!

Spiced Cranberry Orange Muffins

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Ingredients

Muffin:

  • 1 cup milk
  • Bigelow Orange and Spice Herbal Tea Bags
  • 2 cups (plus 1 tablespoon) unbleached all-purpose flour, divided
  • ¼ cup (plus 2 tablespoons) granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested
  • 1 ½ cup chopped cranberries

Topping:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested

Instructions

For muffins:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease muffin tins or line with paper muffin cups.

Place milk in a small sauce pan. Bring milk to a simmer and add tea bags, Remove from heat and set aside, allowing tea to steep in milk for at least 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, stir together 2 cups flour, ¼ cup granulated sugar, baking powder, salt and spices in a large bowl. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add brown sugar, beating until blended. Beat in egg, vanilla, orange zest and juice. Remove tea bags from milk. Gradually mix dry ingredients and infused milk into the butter mixture, alternating between milk and dry ingredients. Continue mixing in milk and dry ingredients until combined.

In a small bowl, stir together chopped cranberries and remaining 1 tablespoon flour and 2 tablespoons sugar. Gently fold cranberries into prepared batter.

Using a scoop or spoon, fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full with muffin batter. Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center muffin comes out clean and muffins begin to brown on top. Let muffins cool in muffin tins for 3-5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

For topping:

Place sugar in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together melted butter, orange juice and zest. After muffins have cooled slightly in muffin tins, but while they are still slightly warm; dip the muffin tops in the butter/lemon juice and then dip into sugar.

Pumpkin Spice Waffles with Walnuts

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups hot water
  • Bigelow® Pumpkin Spice Tea Bags
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, plus more for brushing
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped (optional)
  • Electric waffle maker (an 8 inch round waffle maker was used for this recipe)

Instructions

Sprinkle with cinnamon and chopped walnuts for additional flavor. Steep tea bags in hot water for 3-5 minutes. Remove bags, being sure to squeeze thoroughly. Set tea aside to cool. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add cooled tea, beaten eggs, and oil. Stir to combine. Gently fold in the walnuts (if desired). Preheat the waffle maker. When hot, lightly brush the surfaces with oil, to prevent sticking. Place about ⅔ cup of batter onto the hot waffle maker. Close top and cook for approximately 2 minutes (most waffle makers have an indicator light which will let you know when the waffle is ready), or until waffle is cooked through and surfaces are crisp. Remove to a platter. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve warm with butter and maple syrup.

Banana Pancakes with Salted Caramel Syrup

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Ingredients

Salted Caramel Syrup with Bigelow Tea

  • 1⅓ cups Bigelow Salted Caramel Tea (already steeped)
  • 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs Corn starch
  • 1 Tbs water

Banana Pancakes

  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbs granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup Bigelow Salted Caramel Tea (already steeped)
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed (about a cup)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 TBS butter, melted
  • Banana slices to garnish

Instructions

In a medium sized bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In separate bowl, whisk milk, tea, mashed banana, egg, and melted butter together until smooth. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients and using a spatula, mix until just combined. Let batter sit while preparing syrup.

Syrup

Steep a mug of salted caramel tea, remove tea bag and put 1 and ⅓ cup in a heavy pot. Add 7 ounces of sweetened condensed milk and a tsp salt. Stir well. Turn on to medium heat, and stir to combine. In a separate bowl mix together cornstarch and water. Add mixture to syrup mix, and stir over heat until it thickens. Remove from heat.

Cooking pancakes

Heat griddle and spray with no stick spray, or use a cast iron skillet with cooking spray heated over medium heat. Spoon batter in, creating 4-5 inch pancakes. Once bubbles begin to form carefully flip pancakes and continue to cook on other side until lightly brown.  Adjust heat if necessary.

Notes

  • Syrup can be stored in fridge in airtight container for up to two weeks.
  • For a quick version use 1½ cup “Just add water” buttermilk pancake mix, ¾ cup Bigelow Salted Caramel Tea, and 2 bananas (mashed) to make pancakes, and top with syrup made according to directions.

So the question remains: What are you excited to make for breakfast first? Tell us below!

Bigelow Tea, And Well All Tea Lovers Actually, Want To Know If You Add Milk To Your Tea?

Monday, October 24th, 2016

bigelow-tea-vanilla-chaiOne thing we know for sure is that with so many people drinking tea (82% of Americans to be exact—that’s more than 158 million people), there are that many ways to enjoy a cup! That is one of the beautiful things about drinking tea…you can customize each mug to your heart’s delight and include milk, honey, sugar or even a slice of lemon! But while some parts of making the perfect cup of tea are a must like putting in the tea bag in first before pouring over the water (says president and CEO Cindi Bigelow who has three generations of tea experts behind her!), other options are completely up to you which always makes tea drinking an lovely adventure!

One hotly talked about topic in our tea drinking community (which we call #TeaProudly which is an awesome community of tea drinkers which we will tell you about a bit later so stay tuned!) is do you add milk or not to your tea, so let’s share some info about this very topic. If you like to add milk, do you know when to add it in? Does the milk go in first or the bigelow-tea-spiced-chai-teahot water? The British Standards Institute (BSI) believes to have the answer to this tea lover debate. They state that the milk is best poured before the tea and that the brewing water should not be above 185°F to prevent scalding the milk. Of course not all tea drinkers agree with the BSI. Author George Orwell prefers pouring his milk in last to control the ratio of milk to tea. Even Queen Elizabeth II reportedly enjoys her tea by adding the milk afterwards! So many options….we love that!

Hey and did you  know that Bigelow Tea’s delicious Chai tea varieties are amazing with milk and sugar like our classic Spiced Chai? Facebook Fan Virginia Gordon thinks Vanilla Chai is “delicious with a splash of cream and teaspoon of sugar!” Thanks Virginia for sharing your #TeaProudly thought. The good news for everyone is that whether you add your cream or milk before or after the hot water, our spicy chai flavors will make an amazing cup so grab a mug and well, #TeaProudly!