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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.

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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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!

Bigelow Tea Brings The Flavors of Fall To The Table

Friday, October 7th, 2016

bigelow-tea-seasonal-tea-recipesHere at Bigelow Tea, autumn is a much-adored season. What’s not to love about cozy, cuddly sweaters worn on crisp New England days, strolling through vibrantly-colored leaves in every shade of russet and auburn, and of course—the season’s bounty of flavors! To us, Fall means biting into a big juicy apple, savoring a home baked pie, and warming up with hearty meals featuring all the season’s tastiest root vegetables, such as squash and pumpkin. We are thrilled to offer so many fall-themed flavors in our tea repertoire. As well as being a delight to sip, autumn-inspired teas are truly tasty when incorporated into recipes. We wanted to share this menu for a complete harvest-themed dinner that brings in all the savory flavors of the season and celebrates this wonderful time of year.

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan

Toast to fall fun with the luscious taste of pomegranate. This deliciously tangy fruit is at its peak during the fall harvest and makes a fabulous flavor for a fall cocktail.

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Ingredients

Instructions

Place tea bags into measuring cup and add boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, add sugar and blend well. Refrigerate until cold. For one drink: Pour 2 ounces of the cooled sweetened tea, 1 ounce vodka, 1 teaspoon lime juice and ½ ounce Triple Sec into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into serving glass.

Roast Loin of Pork with Spiced Apple Cider Apples

Enjoy this succulent yet hearty dish that features the festive zest of spiced 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.

Mashed Acorn Squash with Apple Cider Herb Tea

Squash is in abundance during autumn—take advantage of it at its peak in this tasty side dish.

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Ingredients

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Bigelow® Apple Cider Herbal Tea Bags
  • 4 lbs. acorn squash (about 4 medium or 2 large), cut in half and seeds removed
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400º and place oven rack on middle setting. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and arrange the acorn squash cut-side down on the pan. Bake for 40 minutes, or until flesh is soft. Allow to cool for approximately 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Meanwhile, combine hot water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags and discard. Set aside. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh of the acorn squash and place in large bowl. Mash with a fork. Add ½ cup of the tea, brown sugar, butter and salt, and stir to combine, making sure the liquid is absorbed. Add more tea (1 tablespoon at a time) if the puree is too stiff. Check seasonings, and add more salt if necessary. Serve hot.

Salted Caramel Rice Pudding

Looking for a luscious end to a festive meal? This warming and filling dessert is the ultimate comfort food treat.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup White Rice
  • 2 cups Water
  • Bigelow Salted Carmel Tea Bags
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Salted Butter
  • Pinch Of Salt
  • 8 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk, More If Needed
  • Dash Of Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 whole Egg, Beaten
  • Caramel Sauce

Instructions

Steep your 2 bags of Bigelow Salted Caramel Tea in the 2 cups of water.
In a medium saucepan or pot, combine the rice, tea steeped water, milk, cream, butter, and salt. Bring it to a gentle boil, then cover the pot, reduce it to low, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring twice during this stage.
Remove the pot from the stove and add the sweetened condensed milk, and cinnamon.
Return to low heat for 5 minutes to finish cooking.
Remove the pot from the stove and slowly drizzle in the beaten egg, stirring constantly.
Serve immediately in a small bowl. Drizzle with a little store bought caramel sauce and a sprinkle of salt to really put it over the top.
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Bigelow Tea Is Your Guide To The Ultimate Fall Tea Party

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

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Are you looking for the perfect excuse to host a gathering? Just grab your favorite Bigelow Tea seasonal flavors and let’s get to the party planning! After all, with the air getting cooler and the days getting shorter—now’s the perfect time to host a fall-themed tea party!

Select the date, the time, the location and the details

Figure out the who, where, what and when. Begin a guest list and decide if you want to go formal or casual—your invitations will need to reflect whichever approach you choose. To us, anytime is a good time for a tea party, but keep in mind that you’ll need to plan things around the time you select.

Invite your guests

Once you finalize your guest list, send out your invitations. Are you keeping it cozy with a small number or guests? Or do you want to fill the room? You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of food and tea for everyone—favorite flavors go fast—and try to get invitations out at least two weeks in advance.bigelow-tea-seasonal-teas

Decide on your menu

Select the teas you want to serve and make a list of the different baked goods, appetizers and finger sandwiches to make. In keeping with the autumn theme, our go-to flavors are Pumpkin SpiceSalted Caramel and Spiced Apple Cider Herbal Tea. It’s ideal to have a variety, so plan to include a few classics, too, like “Constant Comment®” and Earl Grey, or a robust Darjeeling.

Make sure you have everything you’ll need

Here’s the Bigelow Tea party checklist. Feel free to adapt it to your needs and to your special gathering.

  • Mugs or teacups and saucers
  • Milk (not cream), lemon slices, honey, sugar and a small dish for placing used tea bags. Some people prefer artificial sweeteners, so it doesn’t hurt to have some on the table or waiting in the wings.
  • A pretty tablecloth and napkins
  • Small plates, cake forks and teaspoons
  • Serving pieces and utensils

We’d also recommend a fall-themed centerpiece—simple is better. Need some ideas? Group pillar candles in different heights and widths on a tray, and add several fallen leaves or pinecones at the base of the candles. Pile a pedestal bowl high with mini pumpkins, cranberries or other fall fruits. Float single grocery store flowers in glass votive candleholders, or purchase a bouquet of burnt orange, golden yellow and deep red flowers.

And with that, you have all the essentials and accessories you need to host a tea party worthy of the awesomeness of autumn. Soak in the crisp air, revel in the changing leaves (if you have some nearby!), enjoy a shared pot (or two) of tea, and celebrate the season with your favorite people.

Begin Your Day With Breakfast And Bigelow Tea

Friday, September 9th, 2016

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Often described as the most important meal of the day, a hearty breakfast gives you energy and fuel to get through your to-do list. And what better way to begin the day than with a well-balanced meal and a mug of Bigelow Tea? In fact, research suggests that breakfast is linked to several health benefits, including weight control and improved mental performance. Here are a few reasons to rise and shine to a healthy meal.

It may help keep your weight down

Many studies, in both adults and children, have shown that those who eat breakfast tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers. One theory suggests that eating a healthy breakfast can reduce hunger throughout the day, thus promoting healthier food choices at other meals.

Eating breakfast might improve your mental performance

Research involving adults and children has indicated that breakfast might enhance memory, attention, the speed of processing information, reasoning, creativity, learning, and verbal abilities. Plus, according to a study published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, eating breakfast may improve cognitive performance, test scores and achievement scores in students, especially in younger children. Start the school day off on the right foot with a vegetable omelet, whole-wheat toast and a cup of Bigelow Tea. After all, a study published in Psychopharmacology, suggests that tea may also lead to improved cognitive functioning, including better working memory.

Having breakfast may lower cholesterol levels

Research done by the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that people who skip breakfast gain weight, which can lead to diabetes as well as high cholesterol and blood pressure—all of which can raise your risk of heart disease. May we suggest a bowl of oatmeal coupled with a mug of Bigelow Tea green tea? According to research done by the American Dietetic Association, green tea may also lower cholesterol levels.

Breakfast may help give you strength and endurance

In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN), people who ate breakfast were more physically active during the morning than those who didn’t. That might be because a temporary increase in blood sugar gave them more energy.

bigelow tea american breakfastEating breakfast might put you in a better mood

In addition to cognitive benefits, studies also report that those who eat breakfast start their day in a better mood. And we don’t know about you, but a cup of tea always puts us in a better mood! Bigelow’s black teas, like American Breakfast and Spiced Chai, have a boost of caffeine that will kick start your day.

As if you needed another reason, there are just so many delicious options—both for breakfast choices and for Bigelow Tea flavors. So pick out your favorite and start your day right.

Bringing Bigelow Tea Back To School

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

 

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The end of summer is near and that means many of you are headed back to school or you have already arrived on campus! Whether you’re a bright-eyed freshman or seasoned upperclassman—don’t forget to add Bigelow Tea to your dorm room checklist. After all, a cup (or several!) a day, studies say, may help boost brain powerbeat the stress, and promote relaxation. Clearly, a few boxes of Bigelow Tea is just what you need to tackle the college life.

Power Up That Noggin

Do you always feel like you’re on-the-go during the academic year? Between classes, extracurricular activities, and, of course, a social life, your brain is likely wired to always be “ON.” Well, Bigelow Tea to the rescue! As you probably know, black tea is a great source of caffeine. As a result, according to research, a cup or two can help boost your alertness and concentration. Bigelow’s black teas—like Spiced Chai and American Breakfast—have a kick of caffeine and mind-blowing aromas that will jolt you back into focus.

Stress Less

It’s not a collegiate experience without the stressors of exams, papers, pop quizzes and note-taking. Find some relief in a cup of green tea. Plus, studies have shown that l-theanine, a powerful little amino acid found in green tea, promotes relaxation and helps reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and irritability—all without making you drowsy. There is also some evidence that l-theanine may increase mental focus and concentration. Although amounts vary, green teas are also highest in polyphenols known as EGCG, which is why so many make it part of their healthy lifestyle. Enjoy a cup of Bigelow’s signature green blend or try a flavor like Green Tea with Pomegranate or Green Tea with Mint.

 Soothe Your Soul

bigelow tea sweet dreamsUnwind after a crazy week with a mug of herbal tea. Chamomile tea is a popular choice widely thought to have a calming and relaxing effect, according to research. Incorporate a cup of tea into your evening routine—Bigelow herbal teas like Chamomile Mintsteep by Bigelow Organic Rooibos Hibiscus and Sweet Dreams are infused with tantalizing fruits, herbs and spices and have zero caffeine. Take a tip from @coronarubi: “bigelow sweet dreams tea has been my bff lately. so relaxing.”

Not headed to campus this fall? You can celebrate your grad’s new journey or send a care package to a college student in your life with great gift ideas from Bigelow Tea as well. Whatever your concentration, make tea a major part of your routine this coming school year.